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Health & Social Care Higher Education

Demand for expertise in health and wellbeing is high and likely to increase.

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The Covid pandemic laid bare our reliance on a committed, at times heroic, but always overstretched body of health and social care professionals. Demand for expertise in all areas of health and wellbeing is high and in an ageing society likely only to increase.

The original vocation, it offers many routes toward the practice and management of social care, nursing, and medicine. Petroc offers a range of degree-level programmes to support the growing needs of this industry.

Access courses introduce social work and nursing concepts, and apprenticeships explore the subject in greater depth while working, offering a route toward practice management.

Foundation degrees and BSc programmes offer opportunities to qualify in health and social care generally or to specialise in childhood, early years, or adult nursing.

Petroc is a calm and friendly environment, with a good balance of structure to the course. The support given is exceptional!


Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care

The majority of nursing graduates (84%) employed in the UK are working as nurses and a further 10% are midwives.


Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.