Community Health and Welfare FdSc

This two year Foundation Degree at Leicester College, in association with De Montfort University, is designed to reflect the emerging themes in the health and social care sector.

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Using work placements, you will reflect upon your experiences and relate these to your studies, developing your knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues with regards to social sciences and community health.

For those students wishing to progress onto higher study, the course embeds the essential skills needed, as well as preparing you for the dissertation aspect of a top-up at Level 6. The level 5 research module is specifically relevant to this. 

Reasons to study Community Health and Welfare FdSc in association with De Montfort University:

  • Gain relevant work skills
    and benefit from teaching by industry active professionals and visiting guest lecturers

  • Provides a fully rounded experience of Health and Social Care emerging themes
    with the course structured to also cover relevant topics related to industry

  • Benefit from small class sizes and competitive tuition fees
    with teaching predominantly delivered at Leicester College, Abbey Park Campus

  • Leicester College has been named the only Further Education College in the East Midlands to be awarded TEF Gold 
    The Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced in 2015 to recognise and reward excellence in teaching in universities and colleges


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L510

Duration: 2 years full-time

Location: Teaching will predominantly be delivered at Leicester College, Abbey Park Campus

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £6,165 per year

Additional costs: You will also need to apply for a DBS check. If you are 19 or over on 1 September on the year of entry, this will incur a cost to you of £44

How to apply: Apply directly using the DMU Online Portal.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L510

Duration: 2 years full-time

Location: Teaching will predominantly be delivered at Leicester College, Abbey Park Campus

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £6,165 per year

Additional costs: You will also need to apply for a DBS check. If you are 19 or over on 1 September on the year of entry, this will incur a cost to you of £44

How to apply: International applicants from non-European Union / EEA nationals should contact the Leicester College International Office directly to discuss your application options on the basis of your likely visa status.

International applications will be considered on an individual case by case basis. More information for international applicants is available on the Leicester College website 

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria


  • You are expected to hold GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English, plus one of the following:


  • Normally 72 UCAS Points


  • BTEC National Diploma: Merit/Merit/Pass
  • BTEC National Certificate: Distinction/Merit

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass


We welcome applicants who may not match standard entry requirements but who hold a level 2 functional skills in English and maths.

You must be able to demonstrate an ability to study this subject at university level and have evidence of relevant experience.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes

You must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced DBS disclosure application form before starting the course.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 5.5 overall when you start the course is essential. 

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments


First year

Community Health and Well Being: this module comprises conducting an interview to determine how a professional promotes a sense of health and well-being in the community

Research, Study Skills and Personal Development: this module is an introduction on to how to conduct a small scale research project and literature review. This will serve as a basis for your level 5 research proposal

Common Physiological Disorders: this module explores the human body and causes and effects of common illnesses and the impact of lifestyles. This module includes a synoptic exam and a health promotion poster campaign

Differences and Diversity in Britain: this module that explores the demographic of today’s society and the necessary welfare structure needed to uphold needs and rights of the individual

Introduction to Developmental Psychology: this module introduces you to theorists past and present who still have an impact on the design of Health and Social Care research and findings today

Second year

Developing Leadership: this module introduces you theories of practice and encourages you to widen your understanding of a leadership role and the qualities necessary for successful outcomes

Safeguarding People at Risk: this module explores the introduction of legislative policy to protect the well -being of children. Youths and adults including Prevent. This is a case study

Development of Public and Community Services: this module explores historical practices and the introduction of the welfare state to help shape and give a framework to British Social Policy and Values

Health and Community Research Studies: this module is the continuation of the level 4 literature review and conduct a small piece of research bespoke to your career interests and aspirations

There are a variety of assessment methods to reflect the rich content of this qualification. Subject to each module you may be required to submit a written reports or essay, sit a synoptic exams, produce a case study, deliver a presentation and/or participate in a role play.


Facilities and features


You will have access to a designated Higher Education Hub at St Margaret’s Campus. You will have shared access to a base room with social space, IT facilities, points for mobile devices and space for collaborative group and presentation work. There will also be access to the usual Campus library HE Study Room.



On the De Montfort University campus, we have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term-time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers

Practice Learning Environment (Placement)

Students achieving a merit at the end of this programme can apply to the level 6 (Hons) degree at De Montfort University (DMU).

Successful students can also apply onto other honours degree programmes of their choice in social sciences, health studies or reflective practice, progress to careers in health, social sciences, social work, or study for a teaching qualification.

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Health and Wellbeing in Society BSc (Hons)

The Health and Wellbeing BSc (Hons) degree is an interprofessional and dynamic social science course. It provides an opportunity for students to understand and analyse contemporary developments in health and social care.

For more information, please visit the Health and Wellbeing in Society webpage.

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