South Devon College

FdSc Healthcare Practice

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1278 Human Growth and Development

      This module provides an overview of human growth and development across the lifespan to form a foundation for healthcare practice.

    • SOUD1349 Skills for Healthcare Practice

      This module introduces the student to the NHS and Healthcare Community and enables them to understand designated healthcare roles in context. The module will also enable students to develop a portfolio that will demonstrate the acquisition of core and specialist competencies within the workplace.

    • SOUD1129 Developing Research and Practice

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

    • SOUD1136 Foundations of Healthcare Practice

    • SOUD1137 The Care Process

      This module identifies and promotes the principles of good practice in relation to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care.

    • SOUD1138 Diverse Perspectives on Health and Illness

      The module establishes a holistic approach to health and illness - proposing a broad-based understanding of health and ill-health from a life-course perspective.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2142 Law and Ethics in Practice

    • HEAB221R Changing Practice

      This module will explore change management, team working and leadership theories and develop the related skills of communication, innovation, negotiation and recognising stress. It will enable the student to investigate and analyse an issue of interest within the practice setting using research and other evidence.

    • HEA273R Evidence Based Practice

      The focus of this module is on the understanding of research approaches and research methodology in order to explore the concept of evidence based practice. The module covers the principles of quantitative, qualitative and critical research designs, and approaches to data collection and analysis. Issues of reliability, validity and rigour of research studies, and the professional and ethical aspects of health care audit and research are also addressed.

    • SOUD2143 Health Promotion

      This module is divided into two sections. The first section seeks to elaborate on the theoretical background with the aim of developing a critical awareness of the key concepts, debates and methods relating to health promotion. The second section aims to evaluate a range of health promotion strategies in different fields.

    Optional modules
    • HEAB202R Long Term Conditions Care Management

      The module is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills to implement effective evidence based care in the practice of long term conditions care management.

    • SOUD2298 Health and Social Care

      This module aims to give students an understanding of the importance of human interaction with business applications and websites, and the link between this and design issues. It will also allow them to be able to recognise business needs for efficient and reliable website and application interfaces which are acceptable and meet user needs.

    • HEA293R Core Skills for the Care of Critically Ill Adults in Acute Care Areas

    • HEAB223R Specialist Knowledge and Skills for Practice

      Learner and Practice-Led Work Based Learning provides learners with opportunities to relate conceptual frameworks and ideas that have been developed in their discipline based subjects to the practicalities of the working environment. By using a work base directed approach, the learner is able to develop a range of transferable skills, which can be modified according to the context in which they are practiced. This module will enable students to develop a portfolio that will demonstrate the acquisition of core and specialist competencies within and specific to the workplace.

    • SOUD2008 Management: People, Projects and Provision

      This module aims to assist the student in management issues surrounding youth and community practice. Assessing roles and values within organisations which impact upon the theory and practice of youth workers.

    • SOUD2299 Social, Developmental, Clinical and Learning Psychology 2

      This module enables students to extend descriptive material presented in year 1 and develop a greater depth of understanding by encouraging a critical awareness of theory, research, practical application as applied to learning, clinical, social and developmental psychology.

    • CAE207 Independent Study Module

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

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

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 South Devon College

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 Partners 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 South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College