Foundation Year (Year 0):
This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0), for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a science based honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.
Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.
You will undertake core modules in year one, but be able to choose from eight optional modules in both years two and three (degree students) according to your career needs and aspirations. You are strongly recommended to complete sixty hours minimum per year, voluntary or paid work in the sector, in order to apply learning to practice and to enhance your employability.
As part of your studies
you will have the opportunity to apply and participate in the Erasmus
exchange scheme, which can lead to you undertaking a full year of
studying abroad in your second year. Further information about the
scheme can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/erasmus.
Year One (HND & Degree):
- Health and Social Care in Context
- Understanding Illness and Disease
- Personal and Professional Development
- Working with Vulnerable Adults
- Risk Assessment
- Working with Children
Year Two (HND & Degree):
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to apply and participate in the Erasmus exchange scheme, which can lead to you undertaking a full year of studying abroad in your second year. Further information about the scheme can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/erasmus
- Personal and Professional Development
- Working in the Community
- Managing Financial Resources
- Managing Performance
- Social Policy
With four options from:
- Positive Approaches to Health
- Mental Health
- Assistive Technology
- Partnership working
- Dietetics and nutrition
- Working with Carers
- Social Inclusion
Year Three (Degree):
- Evaluating Quality
- Managing in Organisations
- Law and regulation
- Project management and Social Enterprise
With three Options from:
- Participation and Empowerment
- Health psychology
- Health and social care in a global context
- Social history of medicine
- Housing community and culture
Learning & Teaching
Contact, lectures, seminars and tutorials:
Each subject has two hours of contact time each week. This is divided into a lecture of approximately 40 minutes followed by interactive seminar activities in small groups. For example, following the lecture your group may be given a case study to read and answer questions about; alternatively you may be asked to read a chapter of a book and discuss your ideas in the next seminar.
Our emphasis is on developing the skills you will need in work: problem solving, team working, communication in both written and verbal form. You will be allocated a personal tutor at the start of your course and will meet regularly with them to develop a portfolio of evidence of your skills and knowledge – you will use this later when applying for jobs.
Specifically you will undertake 60 hours of work experience each year and complete 6 reflections on your work experience which you will discuss with your tutor. For a future employer this will demonstrate your ability to integrate theory with practice. In addition to your time in class you will develop the skills to manage and plan your own study time and be an independent learner.
We have developed a range of assessments to develop your professional skills, these include preparing a presentation on the welfare state with a group of fellow students; preparing a planning meeting for a child and family case where you will take a specific role; organising a student conference including speakers and presentations; debating controversial issues such as assisted suicide or child protection; analysing a research paper; as well as examinations (two in the first year) essays and reports.
Employability & Careers
Our graduates usually find work in the health and social care field in the public, independent and voluntary sector, including the following areas: project management, probation, addictions, mental health, and residential care , dependent upon personal interest and experience. Graduates may also choose to pursue a post graduate qualification, for example in Social Work or Teaching in further/higher education. There are also other graduate opportunities outside health and social care, for example with the police.
For those students undertaking the HND, you can progress to year three of the Degree upon successful completion.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our
Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.
Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following:
- 48 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
- 48 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
- Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.
For specific information on entry requirements or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS course search.
All applicants (except exceptional entry route) should have five GCSEs including
English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus 64 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:
64 points at A Level to include a grade C; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as a second subject
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Pass Pass (Caring related area/Early Years/Health Studies)
QCF BTEC Diploma Merit Merit (Caring related area/Early Years/Health Studies)
64 points from Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grade D
64 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers. Higher level subjects considered only with a minimum grade H4
64 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a relevant subject
Institute of Welfare Certificate / Diploma
Or ‘Foundation leading to HND Social Sciences’
If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements.
All applicants should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus 96 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:
- 96 points from at least two A level to include grades CC
- QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit (Caring related are/Early Years/Health)
96 points from Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers. Higher level subjects considered only with a minimum grade H4
96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a relevant subject
Institute of Welfare Certificate/Diploma (12 units)
- Or ‘Foundation leading to BSc Social Sciences’
If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements.
Exceptional entry route: We encourage applications from other applicants who may not have the entry requirements but have relevant experience in the sector. Please contact the programme director for details.
If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Social Sciences’ or ‘Foundation leading to HND Social Sciences’ is available one year full-time or two years part time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this HND/BSc upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email
For Degree (BA), HND and HNC specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Jude Radford:
Tel: 029 2041 6815
For course specific enquiries relating to the foundation only, please contact the programme leader, Liz Hayes:
Tel: 029 2041 7011