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Assistant Practitioner*

*This programme is subject to approval.

This foundation degree is designed to provide you with a direct route to becoming an Assistant Practitioner within the NHS or other health and care organisation, or alternatively form the basis of your studies for preparation to work in a variety of other healthcare professions. The Assistant Practitioner role is essential to the future development of health and social care, and completing this Foundation Degree will quality you to work at Band 4 within the NHS.

The course is delivered in partnership with Torbay Care Trust, which means that some parts of the course take place at the Horizons Centre, located at Torbay Hospital. This enables you to fully utilise an exceptional clinical skills facility, where you will learn from experts in their field.

During your studies you will spend two days each week in a clinical placement, giving you an excellent opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge you develop into practice. You will also gain valuable experience in a healthcare setting, which will strengthen your CV and improve your future employment prospects.

Course details
Entry Requirements
What will I learn?

Ucas Code: B900

Award: FdSc awarded by South Devon College

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Year 2 Studies
Careers & Employability

Upon successful completion of this foundation degree you may progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Enhanced Integrated Care degree at University Centre South Devon, or the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) or (Mental Health) degree at the University of Plymouth. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you will be eligible to seek employment as an Assistant Practitioner within the Health and Social Care arena. With further study, you will have the opportunity to work as a nurse as well as various other healthcare professions.

Potential Job Roles

"Whilst I was studying  my degree I was working as a healthcare assistant, and was able to apply the skills and knowledge I acquired in a vocational setting, whilst developing and building upon my professional experience. I went on to receive a WorldSkills UK Gold Medal in Advanced Caring, which was a great honour, both personally and professionally. I was judged alongside a field of competitors from throughout the United Kingdom, with us all competing in our chosen skill. The final pressure test called for a wide range of skills to be demonstrated through practical tasks caring for patients (who were played by actresses) in difficult scenarios. I was honoured to receive the Gold Medal, which recognised the hard work and dedication I put in during my studies. The skills I developed at University Centre South Devon helped me to succeed, and have increased my employment opportunities and prospects."Rameez Shah

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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