Cornwall College

FdSc Healthcare Practice

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORC1013C Personal and Employability Skills Development

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • CORC1114 Foundations of Healthcare Practice

      This module introduces the student to the NHS and Healthcare Community and enables them to understand designated healthcare roles in context. To introduce the concepts of inter-agency and inter-professional working.

    • CORC1207 Biology of Health and Illness

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

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORC1115 The Patient Journey: Practice and Principles

      This module identifies and promotes the principles of good practice in relation to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care. It also establishes the importance of the accurate recording and appropriate dissemination of information within the context of healthcare practice.

    • HEAA125M Issues in Health and Wellbeing

      This module will introduce the student to psychological and sociological concepts and models of health. It will also discuss the impact of health and social care policy.

    • HEAA127M Understanding Practice

      This module identifies factors that determine ill health and disability and introduces a range of treatment, therapy, recovery and care options.

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • HEA273M Evidence Based Practice

    • HEAB219M The Context of Care

      This module will develop knowledge of the legal and ethical frameworks underpinning and governing healthcare practice. It will establish the importance of individual responsibility for practice and reinforce the concepts of accountability and liability and encourage the development of informed judgement.

    • HEAB221M 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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORC2165 Competence in Practice

    Optional modules
    • CORC2093 Work-Based Learning

      This module will be centred on a topic of the student's choice. It will enable students to develop and apply their knowledge and skills in an agreed specialised area within a relevant professional environment. This may involve working with a specialised mentor where appropriate.

    • CORC2166 Core Skills for the Care of Critically Ill Adults in Acute Care Areas

      This module is designed to enhance and develop the knowledge, assessment skills and competencies of multidisciplinary staff caring for critically ill adults in non-critical care areas.

    • CORC2219 Introduction to Mental Health

      This module will introduce mental health and disorder and explore the biological, psychological and social factors influencing mental health from birth to death. It will identify and compare appropriate multi professional interventions and approaches to promote recovery and wellbeing. It will identify theories and models and consider the legal and policy frameworks. It will examine the link between the individual, the organisation and the process will be examined in relation to the needs of mental health service users.

    • CORC2220 Communication and Therapeutic Engagement Skills

      This module aims for the students to develop and explore person-centred communication skills enabling students to engage effectively with individuals and their families utilising a range of collaborative interpersonal skills and therapeutic frameworks that can be applied in health and social care. It will identify roles and responsibilities and the need for a multi-disciplinary approach between the individual and organisation in the application of personal communication.

    • CORC267 Independent Study

    • HEA201M Tissue Viability

    • HEA202M Long Term Conditions Care Management

    • HEA203M Rehabilitation

    • HEA204M Dementia and Cognitive Dysfunction: Care Management and Rehabilitation Strategies

    • HEA276M The Principles and Practice of Infection Control

    • HEAB205M Integrating Physical, Psychological and Social Care

    • HEAB206M Introduction to Supportive Palliative Care

    • HEAB220M Effective Management of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      This module enables students to develop their expertise in caring for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Students will be provided with an underpinning knowledge and skills base to deliver high quality, evidence-based care.

    • HEAB226M Parkinson's Disease Management

    • HEAB235M Core Skills for Care of the Critically Ill Adult in Non-Critical Care Acute Areas

      This module is designed to enhance and develop the knowledge, assessment skills and competencies of multi-disciplinary staff caring for critically ill adults in non-critical care acute areas.

    • NURB243M Leadership in Practice

    • NURB261M Minor Injuries Skills and Practice

    • NURB280M Nursing for Gastro-Intestinal Endoscopy and Related Procedures

    • NURB289M Effective Pain Management- a Key Factor in High Quality Care

    • OPP204 End of Life Care for Older Persons 1

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 Cornwall 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 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 Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College