This course focuses on the social care sector, and provides you with valuable practical experience, enabling you to pursue a variety of careers in this highly demanded and versatile landscape. The course also offers you the opportunity to gain specialist and advanced clinical competencies alongside your studies, further evidencing your skills and increasing your employability.
You will be able to utilise the clincal skills and simulation suite sited at the Centre for Health and Care Professions, gaining essential skills and experience in competenices such as venepuncture, catherterisation, wound management and dementia care that are vital for the Enhanced Care Work role within the current social care landscape. Practical sessions and trips scheduled throughout the year are designed to develop skills and confidence in adapting your clinical techniques and leadership skills, in order to reflect the varying situations you will face and need to overcome to be a successful and effective Enhanced Care Worker. You will be learning in challenging environments, ensuring that when you graduate you will be well prepared to work in almost any setting.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academic staff and professionally registered practitioners with current clinical experience. Postgraduate students undertaking teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry experience to provide you with the most up to date and relevant learning opportunities. There are two formal or summative assessed pieces of work for each module. Assessment methods can include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and projects. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. In addition to formal assessments throughout modules of study there will be developmental (formative) assessments to support you with developing greater understanding of your progress. This programme will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a work placement during the year of study. This placement will be supported by your academic team and is a requirement to achieve module credit. UCSD can support you if required in locating you a work placement.
Ucas Code: 1STA
Award: FdSc / HNC awarded by Plymouth University
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this HNC you may progress to the first year of the foundation degree in healthcare practice (nursing associate) or (assistant practitioner) at UCSD, or an associated course at the University of Plymouth. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.
"I previously studied at a local grammar school, and chose to study a Foundation Degree at the University Centre South Devon because it meant I could stay close to home, which meant that I could save money. I also really liked that the course required a placement alongside your studies, which was a really valuable way of gaining essential experience. The tutors on the course were incredibly helpful, and they were always there to provide various levels of support. I was really pleased to gain a strong overall grade, and I was particularly proud of my research project. I used to teach outdoor education, but had decided to teach indoors instead, and I'm really glad I made that choice. I'm now aiming to top-up my degree and gain a PGCE so that I can become a primary school teacher."Stephanie Hudson
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