University Certificate in Health and Social Care Practice

About the course

The University Certificate in Health and Social Care Practice offers an easily-accessible and vocationally-relevant introduction to academic study through ‘bite-sized’ modules.

The programme is ideal for those who are interested in or may already be working in health and social care and who want to improve specific areas of knowledge and skills to improve their employability.

It is also aimed at those who would like to qualify as nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners, paramedics or social workers, but lack the academic qualifications for entry to professional registration programmes.


This part-time, flexible programme allows employees to continue to work whilst achieving their learning goals. It enhances knowledge, skills and employability, and allows you to decide if further study is for you.

Students are assessed through methods appropriate to each module; including written assignment, portfolio of evidence, examination, presentation and demonstration of practice skills.

Core modules

  • First Step Study Skills
  • Introduction to Health and Social Care

Optional modules

  • Care and Support in Mental Health and Learning Disability
  • Science for Health and Social Care
  • Learning for the workplace
  • Fundamentals of Tissue Viability and Wound Care
  • Numeracy in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Dementia – Responding Positively
  • Managing Health and Safety in the Workplace 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Applicants will be invited to an informal interview to discuss individual learning needs, their interest in health and social care and demonstrate commitment to study.

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University using the following downloadable forms:


+44 (0)1482 463103


This course is an approved entry route for our health degrees including BSc Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health, Learning Disability), BSc Midwifery, BSc Paramedic Science, BSc Operating Department Practice and BA Social Work. Students are required to make a full UCAS application for these programmes. All places are subject to the normal requirements for acceptable personal statement, references, successful interview, medical and DBS.


The cost of the course for the September intake is £4,625. Applicants may be eligible for self-financing through a Student Loan from Student Finance England (conditions apply). Further details are available on application.


Programme code 471646 Most students complete the course in one year by taking two modules at once, but as it is a flexible programme you can take longer if you prefer, including taking a break from studies.