Dementia and Assisted Living in Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA)

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
University Centre and St Winefride's Campus
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Course Details

This course has been written in close collaboration with students and industry professionals to develop a unique and exciting course. The qualification is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop skills in your specialist chosen pathway in health care and caring for people living with dementia.

In Year One, the main focus will be developing your knowledge and understanding of caring for people living with dementia, enabling undergradautes to make links between the key concepts and issues, and the delivery of community and care services in practice.

Contemporary dementia care service delivery will be explored with the aim of introducing undergraduates to the structure and organisational context of dementia care services and the key legislation and policy underpinning current service delivery.

The role of research in dementia care service delivery will be explored with the aim of developing key skills of analysis and critique in the provision and development of community and care services.

In Year Two, you will be further developing your knowledge and understanding. The course will critically examine therapeutic interventions, evaluate the impact of other functional problems and identify the practical application and the benefits of therapeutic interventions for people living with dementia.

Teaching and learning on the course will be delivered through a range of lectures, research seminars, group work and analysis.

Guest speakers from different areas of industry specifically working with people living with dementia will facilitate professional workshops and Q&A sessions. Undergraduates will be involved in industry placement where skills will be developed in working with people living with dementia.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

FdA Year 1:

  • Caring for People with Dementia
  • Care from the Client Perspective
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Health
  • Study and Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Foundations for Practice

FdA Year 2:

  • Therapeutic Intervention for People Living with Dementia
  • The Research Process
  • Health, Ageing and Social Care
  • Supporting Professional Practice
  • Social Care Theory and Practice
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
Two years full time or three years, part time.
Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Care Homes
  • Nursing Homes
  • Domiciliary Care
  • NHS
  • Privately run hospitals
  • Palliative Care
  • Home Care looking after family members
  • Alternative Therapy Care
  • Business in providing care in the community and care homes

Primary contact:
Fiona Botsford

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

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We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

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