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Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services

The faculty of Health Care, Child Care and Public Services (HCP) offers a wide range of university level programmes stretching from Level 4 to Level 6. The faculty offers you a unique university level learning experience tailored to your needs, whether you choose the FdSc Public Services, FdA Health and Social Care Studies, FdA Early Childhood Studies or whether you are ready to join the BSc (Hons) Degree Social Care (1 year top-up programme).

This learning experience includes one to one support, small class sizes and many opportunities for discussion and debate. As a student you will benefit from the faculty’s close links with local employers, such as specific public services, a rich array of child and social care organisations and a wide range of voluntary organisations allowing you to experience a fully vocational and hands on learning programme of outstanding academic standard.


Potential progression options for courses in this subject area include:

Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

  • BSc Hons Health and Social Care (top-up at Exeter College)
  • BSc Hons Sociology at Plymouth University
  • Employment within the health and social care sector

BSc Hons Health and Social Care (top-up)

  • MA Social Work at Plymouth University
  • PGCE at Exeter College/Plymouth University or at another institution
  • Post graduate qualifications in a variety of disciplines including management
  • Employment within the health and social care sector

Childcare Foundation Degree

  • BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies
  • BA Hons in Education Studies
  • BA Hons in Health and Social Care (at Exeter College)
  • Employment in early years settings

Public Services Foundation Degree

  • BSc Hons Public Services
  • BSc Hons Public Services (Policing Studies)
  • BSc Hons Health & Social Care (top-up)
  • PGCE QTLS (teacher status)
  • Postgraduate Studies at masters level
  • A range of public services, including the Police Service
  • The Voluntary Sector

What our students are saying

I have been invited to hold a number of question and answer sessions with the Health and Social Care Studies degree students from Exeter College. I have been highly impressed with the students’ political awareness and level of questioning surrounding health and social care issues. It is an absolute pleasure to be involved with such engaging and motivated students who are clearly driven to achieve on their course and gain employment within the health and social care sector on completion of their studies

Ben Bradshaw MP February 2015

I would definitely recommend Exeter College to anyone considering a career in early years. Students are well supported and receive outstanding teaching from knowledgeable, dedicated and experienced lecturers. They deliver very enjoyable, informative and detailed lectures and provide excellent supporting documentation and links.


The great thing about studying Health and Social Care is the variety of careers that you can progress into. It’s such a diverse subject with endless possibilities. I want to use this programme to experience as much as I can, both in work placement and studying new concepts and ideas in health care. I am positive that through this and networking, a career choice will emerge for me by the end of the 3 years.


Public Services is a fascinating subject that goes deeper than you may think. I have learned elements of the sector such as customer care duties and the ethics which it adheres to - subsequently shaping its ideologies and actions. It is these areas that widened my understanding and interest in a subject that is crucial to our society.

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