CertHE Skills for the Workplace (Health & Social Care)

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This programme is only available to Home applicants. You could develop your skills, improve your self-confidence and restart your career. Designed to give you the tools to apply your personal transferrable skills to the workplace; the confidence to anticipate problems and find solutions, to work independently and with other people, to plan things out before you start and complete the things that you’ve started… the skills that employers want!

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Course Overview

This program will equip students for various job opportunities in the public and private health and social care environment with a focus on adult and child care. For instance, residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, clinical health settings and daycare centres. Students will be able to take up roles such as Care Assistant, Family Support Worker, Community Worker and Teaching Assistant.

Programme Aims

  • To provide students with an opportunity to study for an award explicitly focussed on future employability and career progression in health and social care.
  • To introduce students’ to approaches, strategies and skills considered essential for employment within the specific health and social care context.
  • To provide students with an understanding about the health and social care sector, Public Health and Psychology.
  • To develop students’ emotional intelligence and their capacity to work effectively both autonomously and within a team.
  • To provide students with a range of learning experiences that are designed to assist students in the acquisition and application of knowledge.

After successful completion of this programme, students are welcome to continue studying with us on our BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care programme.

Modules

The programme is specifically created in its content and flexible delivery to give you the confidence to anticipate problems and find solutions, to work independently and with other people, to plan things out before you start and complete the things you've started, in short to develop the skills that employers want!

All of the teaching is project-based, linking theory with practice and ensuring that each module is contextualised within real workplace situations and challenges.

Level 4

  • Academic and Employability Skills  (20 credits; compulsory)
    Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • analyse published literature relating to a specific topic or subject area and produce a fully referenced, appropriately structured academic report;
    • reflect on their learning using recognised models of reflection;
    • research and present their findings in a variety of formats on a range of employability skills and collect and analyse feedback on their delivery.
  • Digital Skills and Research Methods  (20 credits; compulsory)
    Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • evaluate the appropriate use of contemporary technologies to improve workplace efficiency and employability;
    • identify and effectively evaluate a range of information sources;
    • show competence in workplace data handling.
  • Introduction to Health and Social Care  (20 credits; compulsory)
    Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • explain the health and social care system in the UK, its origin, and different challenges facing by the system;
    • explain the importance of partnership working, effective communication, and record-keeping in health and social care;
    • describe the important legislation and policies of health and social care.
  • Introduction to Public Health  (20 credits; compulsory)
    Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • understand different approaches and strategies used to measure, monitor and control the incidence of disease in communities;
    • investigate the implications of illness and disease in communities for the provision of health and social care services;
    • understand the factors influencing the health and wellbeing of individuals in health or social care settings.
  • Professional Development within Health and Social Care  (20 credits; compulsory)
    Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • understand the skills and knowledge needed for working effectively within health and social care;
    • demonstrate readiness for employability and personal advancement through an understanding of personal strengths and areas for further development;
    • establish health and social care employment goals and develop a personal action plan.
  • Psychology in Health and Social Care  (20 credits; compulsory)
    Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • understand and analyse how theories of lifespan development are applied to health and social care practice;
    • examine the social and biological determinants of human behaviour vis-à-vis the contexts of health and social care and working with children and young people.

Key Features

This is a flexible full-time course that continues throughout the calendar year. As a result, a delivery pattern has been specifically designed to enable students to continue with other life and work commitments alongside their studies.

  • A University Level 4 course
  • Bite-sized units and completely project-based
  • Assessment through assignments and no examinations

Assessment

There are a variety of assessments such as presentations, projects, reports and blogs. There are no examinations.

Entry Criteria

This programme is only available to Home applicants.

Entry onto the programme is by individual merit. 

Mature Candidates – experience can often be taken into consideration in lieu of formal qualifications. Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results.

We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area, and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

 To assess student suitability for their chosen course, we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications. The applicants will have to pass the written test and the interview with one of our academics to be accepted onto the programme.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Visit the Fees and Scholarships and Bursaries sections for more information.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with study such as transport, and may wish to purchase coffees, snacks or other sundry items on campus.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops over the course of their study, though this is not a programme requirement. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Career Opportunities and Employability

Questions?

For any questions related to the academic content of the course, please contact Diya Ganguly.

For all other enquiries, please call us on 0207 127 7453 or email the London Admissions team at londonadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk.