Weymouth College

FdSc Health and Social Care

Study a university-level degree in the beautiful surroundings of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. With an impressive satisfaction rate of 96% in the National Student Survey, you’ll find our students are some of the happiest in the country. Why? High quality teaching. Strong links with employers. Tuition fees 33% less than university prices. We have a tremendous track record of placing our graduates in their chosen careers, too. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • WEYM1027 Ethics, Values, Diversity and Rights

      The need to practise in a non-judgemental and anti-discriminatory way towards people requires us to have the awareness of our own prejudices, values and beliefs. By exploring values and issues of prejudice, discrimination and inequality and discussing and reflecting on these things the module will be introducing diversity and equality and what these mean to the care professions and those who use their services.

    • WEYM1024 Foundations of Health and Welfare

      This Module enables students to gain understanding of the shifting boundaries between health and social care and the notion of care. Students will explore who gives and who receives care; its history and development; changing notions of welfare, personalisation of care and the theories and models of health. The module focuses on the impact that social inequalities in society have on policies and practice in care.

    • WEYM1025 Illness and Disease

      The study of health and illness is essential in care and will encourage you to think about health beyond traditional boundaries. The module will explore the influence of biomedicine on health care policy and practice, along with the social challenges to that model. The module will consider health inequalities, their link to social and economic factors and the strategies that have been developed to tackle them

    • WEYM1026 The Role of Public Health

      This module requires students to investigate the roles of different agencies working within communities to reduce the incidence of disease and illness. Students will investigate infectious and non-infectious diseases that are widespread and analyse the effectiveness of strategies that are in place to control the incidence of disease. Regional, national and international perspectives and priorities will be considered

    • WEYM1023 Communication Skills

      Effective interpersonal skills are an essential part of any healthy relationship. Being able to communicate is the basis of interaction; communication skills, in particular listening skills, are essential in health and social care for effective delivery of services and productive teamwork. To be truly effective in interpersonal skills practitioners must be aware of our own behaviour, and how their behaviour might affect others.

    • WEYM1028 Research Skills and Professional Development

      Students will be introduced to and allowed to develop a range of study skills so as to ensure academic standards relevant to a higher programme are established and maintained. Students will be required to develop planning, reading, writing, communicative and IT based abilities. Students will also continuously reflect on their work based learning placement and develop the skills required to be reflective practitioners.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • WEYM2023 Research Methods and Professional Skills in Health and Social Care

      To introduce the students to the range of methods which can be used to carry out research and to understand how to select and justify methods for a particular topic. This will enable the student to become more confident, evaluative reader of research and give them tools to interpret and evaluate current and contemporary research in health and social care.

    • WEYM2021 Health Promotion

      Defining health is complex. We all have own ideas and experiences of health and the way in which it is promoted. The aims of this module are to show the dynamic nature if the subject and focus on the different perspectives that feed into it. Attempts to define the strategies for improving the health promotion is a core feature of this particular module.

    • WEYM2022 Introduction to Management and Human Resources in Health and Social Care

      Students will investigate the process involved in the management of individuals in the health and social care workplace. This not only includes the recruitment of the most appropriate personnel but importantly the support of employees in carrying out their work effectively in teams and developing their knowledge and skills so that they can contribute to the delivery of a quality service.

    • WEYM2024 Safeguarding in Health and Social Care

      This module will enable students to understand the types of abuse that can occur within the community, considering both children and adults. Students will study the signs of abuse and factors that can contribute towards individuals being vulnerable. Students will identify the different philosophy, legislation and policies and how professionals work within guidelines to safeguard users of care services, whether adults or children.

    • WEYM2025 Health and Social Policy

      This module covers the factors that influence social policy, including historical, political, regional, national and other agents of social change. Analysis of social policy will enable students to evaluate sufficiency and deficiency in provision. Tracing developments from 1945 to the present, students will compare competing perspectives and examine contemporary issues for policy makers, welfare recipients and providers.

    • WEYM2026 Mental Health and Recovery

      Students will understand the psychological factors which influence human behaviour and the effects these factors may have on users of health and social care services. Students will focus on the basic approaches to understanding human behaviour drawn from psychology. Students will examine and evaluate the impact of a range of mental health conditions and recovery and their impact on society.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Weymouth College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a college closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Weymouth College

Located in Dorset, we proudly hosted the epic sailing events for the 2012 Olympic Games. Large enough to offer choice and diversity, we’re still small enough to welcome you as part of a friendly community.

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