FdSc Health, Community and Social Care

Petroc is one of the largest colleges in Devon and is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. 

We are passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, and year after year our students produce exceptional results, enabling them to progress further in training or employment. 

Petroc has been delivering a range of degree-level courses for over 30 years and is proud to be able to provide a wide variety of programmes (from HNCs and Foundation Degrees to Higher Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees) in subject areas including education, computing, science, engineering, and health and care. 

Petroc has three campuses situated across North and Mid Devon with modern and stimulating learning environments. We also offer small classes, extensive student support and exceptional links to local industry. 

Visit the Petroc website to find out how we can help you go further in life.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Professional Skills and Development (PETR1059)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for appropriate academic work and in employment requiring the exercise of responsibility, decision making, and analysis; including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • Policy and Society (PETR1060)

      This modules examines the historical and contemporary range of legislation, policy and provision within the field of health and social care. The impact of policy change will be considered in relation to its impact upon the lives of individuals living in contemporary society.

    • Health and Social Care Organisations (PETR1061)

      This module is an introduction to a range of organisational structures and management styles in health and social care. It will provide students with an opportunity to consider how organisational cultures, behaviour and attitudes influence the behaviour of individuals and groups at work.

    • Introduction to Professional Practice (PETR1062)

      Incorporating key principles of practice for professionals in the health and social care sector, this module will give students the opportunity to develop both personal and inter-personal skills and to explore their emergent professional identity as well as relevant professional codes of practice and the values that underpin them.

    • Lifespan Development (PETR1063)

      An introduction to the physical and psychological theories related to human growth and development. This module will include the study of all life stages and the socio-economic factors which may also affect lifespan growth and development across a range of demographics.

    • Inclusive and Diverse Practice (PETR1064)

      The module provides students with an opportunity to critically examine ideas relating to social inequalities, equality, difference, and equal opportunities for individuals and groups in society, whilst considering their own position as professionals and how this influences practice

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Research Methods and Ethics in Health and Social Care (PETR2069)

      Students will become aware of some of the ethical issues in research with people, particularly with public and vulnerable groups, whilst critically evaluating methodology and existing research. Participative research methods and the wider subject of participants rights in, and contribution to, research will be explored.

    • Community Based Project (PETR2070)

      Student engagement under supervision in the design, delivery and review of a community based project that is collaborative in its approach. The students will utilise professional practice skills and knowledge in order to achieve specified aims and objectives within an ethical framework.

    • Health Promotion (PETR2071)

      This module introduces a range of concepts and models within health promotion. A focus will be placed upon the critical evaluation of the effectiveness of specific contemporary health promotion provision and campaigns. Students will be involved in the development and production of a community health promotion campaign related to a specific area of health.

    • Mental Health and Wellbeing (PETR2072)

      This module is designed to introduce students to a range of specific contemporary issues related to mental health and wellbeing concerns and factors. Students will discuss a range of key legislation, guidance, policies, and provision, as well as considering a number of specific mental health conditions and associated wellbeing factors. These issues will be contextualised through discussion centred upon specific lived experiences within twenty first century Britain.

    • Contemporary Studies in Health and Social Care (PETR2073)

      This module will encourage students to develop critical awareness of topical issues within the health and social care sector, providing an opportunity for the individual study and critical analysis of one topic in depth. Areas of focus will include disability, health promotion, public health, older people, and children in need, mental health, and criminal justice.

    • Young Persons and Community (PETR2074)

      The module introduces key themes concerning the relationships between young persons and the community within contemporary society. The module will place a focus on a range of key areas that affect the lives of young persons, such as: education, employment, identity, deviance, leisure, childhood, family, cultural identity, ethnicity, class, virtual identities, digital technology, and socio-economic status.

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
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

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

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. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

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.
Plymouth students working on a group project