South Devon College

HNC Enhanced Care Work

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
  • Course overview

  • Core modules

    • Health and Wellness (SOUD1472)

      This module draws on all aspects of health and wellness in order to promote and improve lifestyle and wellness of the patient population they serve. There is an in-depth look into health philosophies and determinants which influence behaviours in the social care sector and how current major policy effect residents lifestyles. An essential strong awareness of the role and responsibility is developed and underpinned.

    • Health and Social Care Environments (SOUD1473)

      This module introduces the main concepts that underpin the physical, mental and social wellbeing of residents in the sector. Students will examine how safety and legislation are paramount to overcoming the logistically complex challenges the social care environment presents. This module explores how confidentiality and privacy are essential for delivering high quality care in a professional and empathic manner.

    • Assessing and Managing Physical Conditions (SOUD1474)

      This module underpins concepts related to anatomy, physiology and clinical reasoning that supports recognition of common and complex illness. Students will be able to detect and differentiate between normal and abnormal variants of physical assessment and clinical significance, applying knowledge on physiological systems alongside pharmacology to understand pain and how this can be effectively managed using interventions.

    • Therapeutic Communication in Social Care (SOUD1475)

      This module deals with the importance of clear and effective communication skills which far outweigh those related to clinical competence. This module provides the student with the opportunity to improve their communication skills in a safe, supportive environment. This module comprises of both theory and practical elements relating to communication, exploring difficult and complex clinical scenarios.

    • Values and Principles for the Enhanced Care Worker (SOUD1476)

      This module enhances the awareness of the provision that is essential to meet the needs of people requiring care. Students will explore the skills, qualities, values and principles required to work as a professional in the care sector. Students will gain a high-level understanding of health and social care industry practices and develop core knowledge about care planning and different theoretical perspectives on care.

    • Clinical Skills for the Enhanced Care Worker (SOUD1477)

      This module will develop critical thinking and clinical skills to assist the student and the population they serve. The module has been designed to enable social care professionals to develop the knowledge and skills required to elicit and record accurate history and perform clinical tasks widening participation of the role across the sector and enhancing the service users experience and quality of the service provided.

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

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College