Certificate of Higher Education Health and Social Care Studies 2019/20

Year of entry

This unique course allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the health and social care sector. The course will allow you to make sense of the theories underpinning the subject, and consider how they can be applied in practice, through class discussions, role-play, practice-based scenarios and debate.


You will explore areas including:

  • 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.

All students will need to travel to the Canterbury campus for the Human Anatomy and Physiology module.

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 campus with no health or social care work placements.

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 over two semesters.

Semester 1

Skills for Lifelong Learning

The aim of this module is to equip you with personal, academic and employability skills for lifelong learning in the health and social care sector.

Person Centred Practice

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the key concepts of person centred practice.

Human Development through the Life Stages

This module aims to introduce the concept of Life Span Development, focusing on normal development of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial skills from birth to death.

Semester 2

Introducing Human Anatomy and Physiology

The aim of the module is to introduce you to healthy human anatomy and physiology. 

Introducing Public Health and Social Care

The aim of the module is to introduce you to a selection of current local, national and international health and social issues, their underlying causes, the influence of the life course and how these inform public health and social care agendas.

Collaborative Working

The aim of this module is to provide the theory of effective collaborative working within health and social care and foster knowledge and skills for effective collaboration.

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, 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 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK / EUOverseas
Full-time £6,350 N/A
Part-time  N/A N/A

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

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) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
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 (VLE) 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.

If you do not have level 2 Mathematics and English, you will need to demonstrate that you can study at higher education level 4. This is assessed via an interview and your personal statement on your UCAS application.

If you wish to progress on to an undergraduate Health programme after successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education in Health and Social Care Studies, you will need to have level 2 Mathematics and English or equivalent.

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • L513

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time


  • September 2019 (Medway)

Entry requirements

  • Level 2 Mathematics and English.

    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. See further entry requirements for details.



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