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FdA Independent Living

For 2019 start

Cornwall College Worcester LEVEL: 5 Social Care & Health

This foundation degree is being offered by the Centre for Housing and Support in Worcester as a qualification for those who work for housing organisations that provide independent living services for vulnerable people or, in exceptional circumstances, for those seeking to work for such organisations.

The focus of the programme is the exploration of how housing organisations can contribute to enabling independent living, to which end the subjects it covers include: the history of care and support, theory and practice, policy, the meaning of home, assisted living technology, inequality, law and markets in service provision. It also offers opportunities for professional development and to carry out some small scale work-based research.

Work-related experience is a key component of the programme and the modules are designed to allow you to apply your learning to your workplace and to use your experience. You will also develop important academic skills, such as report and essay writing, critical thinking, and designing and carrying out research, all of which are transferrable to the workplace.

The climax of the programme is the work-based research project in year three where you will use the skills learned in the research skills module to carry out your own work-based research, based upon a proposal that you have developed.

The foundation degree is delivered part-time over three years using a mixture of face-to-face teaching at residentials in Worcester in Years 1 and 2, and online learning supported by an experienced tutor. This means it is well suited to professionals with busy work schedules.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BA (Hons) Social Policy Housing & Communities at University of Birmingham (subject to approval)
– BSc (Hons) Public Sector Management at Plymouth University (subject to approval)


Possible Careers 

– Managing Care and Support Services
– Developing independent living policy
– Managing relationship with health and care commissioners

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: Apply direct to the College
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points (32 from A2 Level). Plus 4 GCSEs at grade C or above. Applicants with good work experience at a management level will also be considered.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

FdA Independent Living Handbook (2017-18)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • History of Care & Support
  • What is Independent Living? Theory & Practice
  • Independent Living Policy in the UK: Convergence or Divergence?
  • Independent Living & the Meaning of the Home

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Technology & Independent Living
  • Market Shaping & Commissioning
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Discrimination, Inequality & the 'other'
  • Research Methods & Work-based Research Proposal

Indicative Module Year 3

  • Current Practice Issues in Independent Living
  • The Law & Independent Living
  • Work-based Research Project

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdA Independent Living

Start Date





3 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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