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Published: 18 September 2020

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At the University of Sunderland in London, we have two Health and Social Care courses to choose from; the Foundation and the Top-Up. 

Both of these degrees take a community-led approach to the health sector, meaning you’ll graduate with the ability to work in a diverse range of fields. 

Whether you want to become a leader in the NHS, health charities, social organisations or other care-related agencies, you’ll learn the skills you need. 

What’s the difference? 

With two courses to choose from, you might be wondering which one to apply for. 

The FdSc Health and Social Care course is for students who might not have an academic background in the sector 

It’s a starting point for people with passion for helping others 

Other than the regular entry requirements (which you can find on the course page), we look for students who have some experience in health and social care. 

This could be paid or voluntary, but it shows an interest and dedication to the subject. 

The BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-Up) is for people who have already finished a related foundation degree.  

For example, if you’ve graduated from the Foundation programme, you could study on this course. 

It is also designed for people who've completed a Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care or a related field.

The aim here is to move your qualification up to a full honours, something which is very attractive to the majority of employers. 



So, what will you actually be learning? 

The Foundation course is exactly how it sounds like – you’ll get a basis in the main areas of Health and Social Care.  

For example, you will study modules on assessment planning, working with adults and healthy lifestyles.  

The Top-Up course takes your knowledge a step further.  

You’ll have classes on substance use, global health and aging, before completing a dissertation on a research topic your lecturers will help you decide on.  

Both the Foundation and Top-Up courses are designed to give you hands-on experience through placements in health and care organisations.

You can find a full list of the modules on the subject pages. Just click ‘Course structure’ at the top of the page to learn more. 

A degree in health and social care is the perfect choice for compassionate, dedicated people who want to work with some of the most vulnerable members of our society.  

Choosing this degree will set you on a career path in a sector that is constantly growing and changing with new technology and scientific developments.  

Our courses offer you loads of options from working in a wide range of sectors to continuing your studies.

If you’re interested in studying either the FdSc Health and Social Care or BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-Up), visit their course page today. 

Find out more about your lecturers, Dr Patrick Igulot and Dr Rekha Elaswarapu on their profiles pages and read Dr Elaswarpu’s latest research on dignity in care.

We also offer an MSc in Public Health if you're looking for a higher level degree. Plus if you're a graduate from the University of Sunderland in London, you can get a £1,000 discount on your fees.

You can get more information by registering your interest, ordering our Prospectus or booking on an Open DayFind out more by following #WeAreSunLon on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.