FdSc Health 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
    • NDHS1002 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 growth and development.

    • NDHS1007 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.

    • NDHS1010 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 relevant professional codes of practice and the values that underpin them.

    • NDHS1011 Social Policy

      An introduction to social policy, this module includes the history and changing face of the welfare state as well as current legislation and policies that relate to the field of health and social care.

    • NDHS1012 Contemporary Society

      An introduction to sociological factors that affect the experience of living in our society today, this module will also encourage students to explore concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, equality and difference in relation to their impact on individuals and groups.

    • NORD1112 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 and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • NDHS2002 Managing Resources in Health and Social Care

      This module will explore issues relating to the funding and purchasing of health and social care services. It will also provide learners with the principles of human resource management, focusing on the importance of training and staff development.

    • NDHS2004 Contemporary Studies in Health and Social Care

      Building on studies at level one, this module will encourage students to develop critical awareness of topical issues within the health and social care sector, providing an opportunity for the individual study of one topic in depth. Areas of focus will include: disability, health promotion, public health, older people, children in need and criminal justice.

    • NDHS2008 Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

    • NDHS2009 Practice-based study

    • NORD2119 Inclusive and Diverse Practice

      The module provides students with an opportunity to critically examine ideas relating to equality, difference, and equal opportunities for individuals and groups in society, whilst considering their own position as professionals and how this influences practice.

    • PETR2001 Research: Ethics and Methods

      Students will become aware of some of the ethical issues in research with people, particularly with public and vulnerable groups, whilst critically evaluating methodology and existing research. Participative research methods and the wider subject of participant's rights in, and contribution to, research will be explored.

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 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