2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year

Start date:
September 2022
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
4 years
UCAS code:
Points required:

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
International (full-time):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:
0151 231 5090
Faculty of Health:
0151 231 5829
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Why study Health and Social Care with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Foundation Year gives you the chance to prepare or refresh your university-level academic skills and develop a good base knowledge of the subject in a friendly and supportive learning environment
  • Access to excellent learning facilities
  • Gain a broad understanding of health and social care issues
  • Study modules that have been created to help you become an independent and reflective learner
  • The degree will prepare you for a wide range of health and social care roles
  • Available to study without a Foundation Year both part-time and full-time

About your course

The BA (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year degree will prepare you to support individuals at different points within the life-course.

This exciting course provides a multidisciplinary approach which is essential in today's fast-changing health and social care sector.

Studying health and social care can provide you with the confidence and skills to make a positive difference to people's lives and wellbeing. As people live longer, there is an increasing demand for care and support. Technology in health and social care has also enhanced the opportunities available.

To respond to this, the programme includes modules focussing on a variety of valuable and exciting themes including Environment and Sustainability, Health and Crime, International Perspectives on Health and Working with Disadvantaged Individuals, Families and Communities.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


After graduation...

Working in health and social care can provide you with an unlimited number of opportunities and roles. Health and social care is required in every country in the world and so your skills will not be limited to the UK.

Students who studied on our earlier health and social care-focused programmes have progressed onto a variety of employment opportunities linked to health and social care, as well as postgraduate programmes such as MA Social Work, MSc Public Health, PGCE (teacher training) and MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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What you will study on this degree

During your Foundation Year, you will study six modules, each worth 20 credits.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 3

Core modules

Skills and Perspectives 1
20 credits

The aim of this module is to facilitate the development of personal, academic and professional skills as a foundation for current and future studies. You will learn the tools to become a confident and independent learner at university, covering a selection of topical subjects in psychology and health.

Healthy Humans
20 credits

This module introduces you to the topic of human health and ill health. You will study human health from a multidisciplinary perspective, giving an overview of the key issues and challenges for those working in this field, which will prepare you to take a scientific approach to health and ill health.

Skills and Perspectives 2
20 credits

This module will facilitate the development of research and data skills as a foundation for your current and future studies to prepare you to apply scientific approaches to solve problems. It will also prepare you to think ethically about conducting research.

Humans and Their Environment
20 credits

This module will give an overview of the interplay between individuals and their surroundings. You will study the way in which the natural environment and built environment shape individuals, and how it impacts on human behaviour and experience. In developing an understanding of scientific research in this area, you will be able to consider the real-world applications of scientific research.

Level 4

Core modules

Humans and Health
20 credits

The focus of this module is to introduce you to contemporary perspectives on health. This will explore the theoretical, historical and political context of health, illness and medicine to consider how these matters affect society.

Equality and Diversity
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to themes that relate to equality and diversity. You will be encouraged to identify and recognise how these issues relate to health and social care.

Skills for Higher Education
20 credits

The aim of this module is to support the development of your academic and personal skills for effective learning at undergraduate level and to enable you to explore the relationship between academic skills and personal and professional development in the context of health and social care.

Development Across the Human Life Course
20 credits

This module will introduce you to key themes and theoretical approaches to life course development. You will also be given the opportunity to relate specific stages of life course development to real life experiences and challenges and begin to develop transferable graduate skills when undertaking the module.

Political Context of Health and Social Care
20 credits

The aim of this module is to allow you to able to articulate contemporary political, social and economic perspectives as they impact on the delivery and development of health and social care provision in the UK.

Media, Technology, Health and Society
20 credits

You will be able to discuss relevant theoretical models of media engagement and technological advancement as they relate to health and social care, and the effect this has on individuals and contemporary society.

Level 5

Core modules

20 credits

The aim of this module is for you to able to apply knowledge of safeguarding to real life situations where children or vulnerable adults might be at risk and to formulate context specific information for service users as well as safeguarding policies for work-based settings.

Contexts of Health and Social Care
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop your understanding of the range of organisations and individuals who make up  contemporary health social care provision. 

We will explore:

  • Drivers and values: the contemporary health and social care policy context.
  • Models of organisations and service delivery: examining a range of statutory, community and voluntary sector providers.
  • People: health and social care service users and carers, professionals and practitioners.
  • Challenges: political, economic, social, cultural and demographic factors.
  • Future directions: case studies of innovation and developments in service provision.
  • Personal development: understanding personal interests, motivations and career aspirations in relation to working in a modern health and social care sector.

Gender and Sexuality
20 credits

The aim of this module is to recognise gender and sexuality as contestable concepts that have a profound impact on health & social care.

Research Methods in Health and Social Care
20 credits

The module will provide you with grounding in the key research methods used in health and social care. It will prepare you for your own research activity, as well as enabling you to become more critical consumers of the quality of evidence used in the development of health and social care policies and practices.

International Perspectives on Health
20 credits

This module allows you to develop your knowledge on health from an international viewpoint, focusing on low and middle-income countries and understand the challenges of health and health care in context of resource poor nations.

Health and Social Care in Action
20 credits

After completing this module, you will be able to analyse the impact and consequences on provision, in relation to health and social care in society. We will exlore:

  • Models of reflection
  • Reflexivity
  • Health and social care provision
  • Understanding social challenges and justice
  • The nature of crime and victimisation and their impact on health
  • The relationship between key social divisions (age, gender and ethnicity)
  • Review roles and values in society.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Innovative and flexible teaching methods are embedded throughout, including interactive lectures, tutorials, case studies, visits, workshops, online activities and learning resources.

A semester study abroad option is available at Level 5. To help facilitate this, students are encouraged to speak to their Personal Tutors about this in Level 4.

Work-related Learning

Work-related learning is built into the programme, giving you the opportunity to put into practice skills and knowledge gained during the course and getting a feel for the kind of work you would eventually like to pursue after graduating.


There are no mandatory formal placements included in BA (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year, however we actively encourage you to undertake volunteering experiences within the health and social care sector. Not only will this give you the opportunity to reflect on your learning in practice and enhance you interpersonal skills, but it will also improve your CV for when you graduate.

There are lots of opportunities for volunteer placments across Liverpool and the Merseyside region.

CareerSmart Programme    

In Level 4, all students will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies. The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

The University aims to provide you with access to appropriate and timely information, along with a range of support services and guidance, to help ensure you succeed on your course and have a great University expereince. 

When you enrol, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. You Personal Tutor is there to provide academic support and when necessary signpost you to the appropriate University services.

Students are able to access a range of professional services including:

  • Advice on practical aspects of study and how to use these opportunities to support and enhance your personal and academic development. This includes support for placements and careers guidance.
  • Student Advice and Wellbeing Services provide support in areas including: student funding and financial matters, disability, advice and support to international students, study support, accommodation, health, wellbeing and counselling.
  • JMSU - your students' union, is also there to help when you need it.
  • LJMU Library Services - from guides on how to reference correctly to finding speciailist resources, our Libary Team is here to help.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

​That's why we use a variety of assessment strategies in BA (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year.

Assessment methods can include:

  • essays
  • literature reviews
  • reflective accounts
  • personal development plans
  • poster presentations
  • case studies
  • risk analysis and action planning
  • journal or committee papers
  • community profiles
  • research projects

​These different methods enable our students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding across the breadth of the curriculum.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Ceri Anwen Jones

Ceri Anwen Jones

Programme Leader

Ceri joined Liverpool John Moores as a Senior Lecturer in 2007 and has enjoyed the opportunity to develop and teach on a variety of academic programmes. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her current research interests relate to kindness and wellbeing in higher education, particularly within leadership and management.

"I really enjoy being able to work collaboratively with students and  colleagues to create interesting and exciting research and learning opportunities. Being involved in curriculum design is also rewarding as it provides the chance to be innovative and creative."


What you can expect from your School

Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic suite of courses. In addition to specialist clinical practice suite facilities, you will find high quality seminar rooms, IT suites and lecture theatres, plus a café and social spaces. The School’s flagship Tithebarn Building adjoins the Avril Robarts Library, which is open 24/7 during semesters.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 88

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

The Faculty of Health will accept Edge Hill University's equivalence tests in English and mathematics as an alternative to the GCSE requirements. For further information, please go to Edgehill Equivalency Tests or email edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: CCD
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Yes
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: Health or Science related subject area
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMM in a health or science related subject

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Pass in relevant kite-marked course. Pass QAA Accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health or Science related subject area.

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 88 UCAS points required

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 88

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area


  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Accepted in a relevant subject for Mature Applicants who meet other specified criteria (see notes)

Alternative qualifications considered

​We will accept FETAC in a relevant subject area (Health/Science)

Students will also be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Mature entry

Enquiries are encouraged from students from non-standard academic backgrounds who can demonstrate motivation and potential to complete their chosen programme of study. Mature students are encouraged to apply early in order that proper consideration and academic guidance can be given.

Reduced Offer Scheme

As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Is a DBS check required?


Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.