Certificate of Higher Education Health and Social Care Studies 2017/18

Year of entry

The programme will appeal to you if you are leaving school or college, if you are seeking a change of career, or if you currently work in Health or Social Care as a non-registered staff member and would like to gain a recognised university qualification. The programme is university-based at our Medway and Broadstairs campuses with no health or social care work placements. All students will need to travel to the Canterbury campus for the Human Anatomy and Physiology module.

The Certificate in Higher Education Health and Social Care Studies is a unique course which allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the health and social care sector to help you prepare for employment or further studies.

The course will allow you to make sense of the underpinning theories and, through class discussions, you will be able to consider how this could be applied in practice.

Our dedicated lecturers will share with you their broad experience and specialist knowledge in health and social care. Throughout your studies you will have access to a wide range of support from personal tutors, module tutors and wider student support services.

This course is ideally suited if you are leaving school or college or planning a change of career and would like to gain a university qualification.

The course runs over one academic year and you will study a total of six university-based modules. The modules are complementary, covering a wide range of subject areas that will develop your knowledge and skills equipping you with a foundation for working within the health and social care sector.

Communication skills will be developed through scenarios and group discussions. These practice based elements of the course will be linked to theory and evidence based practice to help you to develop your thinking and ideas.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

The course comprises six core modules:

  • Skills for Lifelong Learning
  • Person-centred Practice
  • Collaborative Working
  • Human Development Through the Life Stages
  • Introducing Public Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (delivered at the Canterbury campus only)

As well as preparing you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your employability within the health and social care sector, successful completion of the course may mean you are eligible for further studies.

For example, if you have suitable employment in the health and social care sector you could apply to study a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care or you may be eligible to apply for one of our undergraduate degrees. Our University offers a wide range of health and social care courses.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time  £6,165  N/A
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Any such trips would be self-funded
Travel Students will be expected to pay for any travel to university at whichever campus they are registered. All students will be expected to pay for travel to the Canterbury Campus for the Human Anatomy and Physiology module

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

During classroom-based sessions there will be some traditional taught sessions involving lectures and seminars and you will be expected to engage in interactive activities which may include debate, discussion, group work, problem solving and participant-led presentations. There will also be some simulated learning based on practice skills.

All modules will have supported directed learning activities which are completed in your own time. These are activities that you undertake without formal direction from the University in order to complete assessments and to maximise your learning on the course. This may require you to complete some pre-reading in order to prepare for a taught session or some reflective work to consolidate your learning after a taught session.

The use of service-user/carer case studies and scenarios will help you to think about appropriate judgements, behaviours and actions for future work experience in a safe and supported environment. An introduction to the virtual learning environment (accessing information from computers) will start in the first module and support will be provided to help develop IT skills where necessary.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop an e-portfolio which can help you organise your academic work, think about and reflect on your educational journey and provide a useful resource for employers. The e-portfolio is not marked, but it is a way of capturing positive and constructive feedback, helping you to develop in confidence and independence and to reflect as part of your learning process.

Academic input

The course is taught by lecturers from a range of backgrounds in health and social care.

Surprising terms

This course does not include any practical placements.

Your knowledge and skills will be assessed in a variety of ways and may include written essays/reports, reflective writing, presentations, role play and/or exams and simulated practice assessment.

All assessments focus on your ability to apply theory and evidence. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your work; this may involve producing a draft essay, or performing a mock presentation to gain feedback from your module tutor.


Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

Fact file

UCAS code

  • L513

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time


  • October 2017 (Medway and Broadstairs)

Entry requirements

  • Those who wish to progress on to the Undergraduate Health Programmes will need Level 2 Mathematics and English or equivalent.

    If you do not have Level 2 Mathematics and English, we will consider you for Cert HE Health & Social Care Studies if you can demonstrate that you can study at a suitable level. You will need to pass an interview.



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