At St George's we offer a broad range of learning environments which include traditional lecture tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery. The modules which make up the course are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling you to demonstrate your capabilities in a range of ways.

Healthcare Practice students in the classroom

Teaching and learning methods

We offer lectures, seminars, practical sessions and clinical experience, supported by your work-based practice educator.

In Year 1 the emphasis is mainly on acquiring core, transferable skills and knowledge. Towards the second half of the year, some pathway specific material is introduced. There is also a focus on the development of core academic skills such as referencing and essay construction.

The modules of the programme during Year 1 are delivered at academic level 4 (equivalent to the first year of a traditional three year degree programme). The module titles are:

  • Personal and Professional Development 1 (15 credits)
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology (30 credits)
  • Essence of Care 1 (30 credits)
  • Developing the Patient Experience (30 credits)
  • Specialist Skills Development for the Workforce (15 credits)

In Year 2 there is a greater emphasis on specialist knowledge, competencies and skills. You will undertake two pathway-specific, work based learning modules. You are also expected to develop level 5 academic skills in relation to analysis, evaluation and reasoning.

The modules during Year 2 are delivered at academic level 5 (equivalent to the second year of a traditional three year degree programme). The module titles are:

  • Essence of Care 2 (30 credits)
  • Specialist Module 1 work based learning (30 credits)
  • Specialist Module 2 work based learning (30 credits)
  • Evaluating Effective Care (15 credits)
  • Personal and Professional Development 2 (15 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment will incorporate a combination of academic and practice based methods which will contribute to your final Foundation Degree Classification, including:

  • Coursework/essays
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Competencies/skills
  • Portfolio development


Although the Foundation Degree is a full time course of study, attendance at the university will only be expected one day per week: Thursdays during Year 1, and Wednesdays during Year 2. Taught days are held at St George’s, University of London and usually run from 09.30-16.30.

The study day dates for year 1 of the programme, starting in January 2017, are as follows:

  • January 4, 5, 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • April 6
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16

The rest of the time you will be learning in the workplace.


Last Updated: Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:55

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