South Devon College

FdSc Healthcare Practice (Assistant Practitioner)

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Skills for Healthcare Practice (SOUD1431)

    • Foundations of Healthcare Practice (SOUD1432)

    • The Care Process (SOUD1435)

    • Diverse Perspectives on Health and Illness (SOUD1436)

    • Clinical Research in Practice (SOUD1440)

    • Applied Anatomy and Physiological Principles (SOUD1487)

      This module introduces students to the structure and function of the human body via examination of normal anatomy and physiology, achieved through exploration of cell function with emphasis on biochemistry and genetics. Systems will be examined in relation to structure and function in maintaining health and homeostasis. Pharmacology will be examined in relation to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Evidence Based Practice (SOUD2390)

    • Public Health (SOUD2391)

    • Inter-professional Collaboration and Leadership Skills (SOUD2403)

    • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Contemporary Healthcare (SOUD2405)

    Optional modules

    • Podiatric Studies 1 (POD501)

      This module will introduce students to the assessment of patients. Students will be introduced to skin and nail anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies, They will consider how tissue integrity is maintained through circulatory and sensory physiology. Basic psychosocial issues, pharmacology and musculoskeletal tests will be also introduced

    • Podiatric Pathology (POD502)

      This module introduces the student to basic clinical reasoning based upon an understanding of tissue, systemic organisation and concepts of assessment of the human body. The links between normal physiology and the changes that occur with pathology are introduced

    • Long Term Conditions Care Management (SOUD2394)

    • Recognition, Identification and Management of Acutely Ill (SOUD2395)

    • Specialist Knowledge and Skills for Practice (SOUD2396)

    • Independent Study Module (SOUD2397)

    • Health and Social Care (SOUD2399)

    • Health Psychology (SOUD2400)

    • Therapeutic Communication (SOUD2401)

    • Introduction to Mental Health (SOUD2402)

    • Audiology 1 (SOUD2430)

      This module introduces audiological clinical skills and allows the student to build on and consolidate the knowledge required in the practical clinical setting, allowing students to reflect on their own practice and professional development within the context of interprofessional working. This module provides an insight into the core skills and competencies required as an Associate Audiologist. 

    • Audiology 2 (SOUD2431)

      This module enables students to manage and deliver caseloads taking into account current guidelines across the entire journey. The students will be able to deliver personalised care plans including fitting, programming, verification and instruction on the use and maintenance of the hearing technology provided. Students will understand and provide ongoing aftercare and rehabilitative services to optimise outcomes.

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 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 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 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.
Plymouth students working on a group project