FdSc Assistant Practitioner: Health and Social Care

Welcome to Petroc, one of the largest colleges in Devon, awarded 'Silver' from the Teaching Excellence Framework (July 2017) and rated 'Good with Outstanding Features' by Ofsted (November 2015). Petroc is the South West Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre, recognised by the award of a Skills for Health Quality Mark, and plays a key part in the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. We offer around 40 degree-level courses from foundation to BA (Hons) level across our three campus sites, making a 'degree on your doorstep' a possibility for hundreds of successful graduates to date.

We have strong links with local employers - so you can gain invaluable, hands-on experience during your degree-level studies. Based at our North Devon, Mid Devon, or at our dedicated University Centre at the Brannams campus, our award-winning courses offer small group sizes, workable and flexible study options, and represent outstanding value. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from the University of Plymouth – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide 2017

Visit our Petroc website to find out more, watch our course videos, read case studies of our successful alumni or apply directly for a guaranteed interview.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • NORD1124 Human Growth & Development

      This module will provide an introduction to the physical and psychological theories related to human growth and development. At the heart of the module will be the study of the life stages and the impact which disease pathology as well as the socio-economic factors have on human growth and development.

    • NORD1125 Concepts of Health & Wellbeing

      The economic cost of ill health to western governments is currently unsustainable. Key conceptual thought surrounding paradigm shifts within societal constructs of health and wellbeing will be explored in relation to the processes of globalisation. The module will enable students to contextualise the aforementioned issues and build a systematic and in depth understanding of the concepts of health and wellbeing.

    • NORD1126 Vocational Competence in Health and Social Care Practice

      This module will introduce the learner to the core employability skills required in contemporary health and social care settings. Essential personal and professional skills sets and attributes will be contextualised to ensure that learners understand the way in which continual personal and professional development is absolutely essential for high quality patient care and effective multidisciplinary team working.

    • NORD1128 Foundations of Health & Social Care Practice

      This module provides a comprehensive examination of contemporary health and social care provision within the United Kingdom. Factors which influence policy making and policy implementation will be exposed from a critical perspective which takes into consideration the global, national and regional dynamics which affect the way in which health and social care policy is constructed.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • NORD1105 The Patient Journey and the Care Process

      This module identifies and promotes the principles of high quality, compassionate patient-centred care practice in relation to the patient journey. The recognition, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the patient journey will be considered in light of historical developments, policy implementation and most importantly the care process within a multi-disciplinary working environment.

    • NORD1127 Understanding Practice

      This module will introduce not only the multidimensional role of an assistant practitioner but will also consider in depth the multifaced dynamics of practice. Generic as well as field specific elements of practice will be investigated to develop a range of healthcare skills and build an appreciation of how important an integrated, holistic and flecible approach to professional practice is in the 21st Century.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with PETROC

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.

Find out more about studying at Petroc