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.

  • Academic and Employability Skills
    • To provide the student with the underlying study/research strategies and software skills to facilitate effective study in Higher Education.
    • To enable the student to take responsibility for their learning.
    • To enable the student to gain confidence and competence as an effective employee by developing a range of employability skills such as reflection, time management, and presentation skills.
  • Digital Skills and Research Methods
    • To improve the student’s digital skills within the workplace.
    • To develop an awareness of the importance of effective analysis of information and its translation into knowledge.
  • Introduction to Health and Social Care
    • To develop an understanding of the health and social care sector in the UK.
  • Introduction to Public Health
    • To raise learners’ awareness and critical evaluation of factors influencing public health and the different approaches taken to reduce the incidence of disease and illness in communities.
  • Professional Development within Health and Social Care
    • To introduce students to strategies for personal reflection and career development planning within health and social care.
    • To gain confidence and competence as an effective health and social care employee and practitioner.
  • Psychology in Health and Social Care
    • To develop an understanding of the psychological factors which influence human behaviour throughout the lifespan and how these apply to health and social care settings.

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.