FdSc Health, Community 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
    • PETR1059 Professional Skills and Development

      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.

    • PETR1060 Policy and Society

      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.

    • PETR1061 Health and Social Care Organisations

      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.

    • PETR1063 Lifespan Development

      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.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • PETR1062 Introduction to Professional Practice

      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.

    • PETR1064 Inclusive and Diverse Practice

      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

    • PETR2071 Health Promotion

      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.

    • PETR2072 Mental Health and Wellbeing

      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.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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. 

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