Course Overview

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 foundation degree is an innovative programme boasting connections with a range of placement environments, enabling you to access a range of real-life situations in both clinical and community settings, in addition to access to our simulation suite.

The embedded work-based approach to this programme will enable you to specialise in one area of practice within the health sector, communicating effectively and developing skills which will allow you to flourish both academically and in the workplace.

On completion of the foundation degree, you can progress onto the top-up BSc (Hons) Enhanced Integrated Care.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Distance learning with intense delivery blocks
Foundation Degree, Higher Apprenticeship, Higher Technical Qualification
Awarded by
South Devon College
2 years (full-time)
Academic Year
January 2023 start available, May 2023 start available, September 2023 - June 2025 (full-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2022-23 are:
Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £9250 (per year)

For tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2022, please contact the team on [email protected]


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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
Assistant Practitioner - Rameez Shah