Online course details
Part-time: 4 years
Diploma of Higher Education
January, September, May
Online course description
The Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care provides you with the knowledge, values and skills required to become a competent health and social care practitioner who can work in an integrative environment.
This 240 credit, Level 5 course in Health and Social Care will enable you to progress your qualifications to degree level with automatic entitlement to study our online Level 6 BSc (Hons) Integrative Health and Social Care Top-up degree as long as you are working (paid or voluntary) in the health and social care sector.
You also have the option to exit with a Certificate of Higher Education and Health and Social Care by achieving 120 credits at Level 4.
Who is this health and social care diploma course for?
It’s ideally suited to school leavers who are working (paid or volunteering) in the health and social care sector or very well experienced workers who are now seeking the academic qualifications to validate their work experience and further develop their skills.
It provides the underpinning knowledge, theory and research so that you can progress with further study and qualify in specialist areas such as social work, nursing, teaching, occupational and other therapies.
This course suits a wide range of health and social care practitioners in the statutory, private, voluntary and charitable organisations within the health and social care sector, including:
- Residential Child Care and Adult Workers
- Care Assistants
- Family Support Workers
- Youth and Community Workers
- Nursery Assistants
- Play Workers
- Foster Carers
- Teaching Assistants
- Students studying subjects relating to Health and
- Social Care and Child Development in schools and colleges
Find out more about the online Health and Social Care Diploma of Higher Education course
Listen to our recording of the Academic Lead for Social Care and Social Work talking more about the Health and Social Care Diploma of Higher Education course.
The course covers a broad range of subject areas to give you a well-rounded qualification. You’ll learn about legislation and policy from a global perspective; safeguarding for children and adults, physical health conditions, health policy, social trends along with basic research skills.
In addition, you’ll develop transferable skills sought by employers including communication, team working, research, problem solving, leadership skills and presentation skills.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
How you will you learn online
Our Health and Social Care Diploma of Higher Education course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.
You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.
Try our course taster
If you are a school leaver the entry requirements include:
- A levels (220 UCAS points - excluding General Studies) or equivalent qualifications, such as a BTEC National Diploma, Scottish Highers, etc
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics (minimum grade C) or equivalent (for example: Certificate of Credit in English for Academic purposes and Certificate of Credit Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education
- We may also accept Access qualifications (with a grade of 22 merits or a distinction)
- Paid or voluntary work experience in the health and social care sector (no specific amount of hours). Please note: you must remain in paid or voluntary work experience in the health and social sector for the duration of the course due to the course reflecting on practice skills and knowledge
If you are aged 21 and over and with relevant work experience (paid or voluntary) the entry requirements are likely to include:
You will also be required to adhere to the University of Derby Equality and Diversity policy and the Learner Code of Conduct.
International / European Learners
The entry requirements for you as an International or European learner are the same as those identified for home learners.
When applying, it is essential that you submit the following:
- qualification evidence awarded in your country
- transcripts of all relevant education/training
- NARIC evidence
- IELTS 6.0 in all areas
If your qualifications do not match the criteria above, you are a ‘non-standard’ entrant and you will be required to submit evidence of your experience and counselled before being offered a place as a direct entrant to ensure that you have the necessary capacity for critical awareness and reflection.
If you have undertaken previous study at this level you may wish to apply for Advanced Standing which will be assessed according to the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Regulatory Framework. This may be a combination of experience and/or certificated evidence.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
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† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Students should apply directly to the University.
Whilst undertaking this programme you may already be employed in a variety of health and social care settings locally, nationally, or internationally. However the knowledge, values and skills gained from studying this programme will enhance your ability to develop your career and enrich your professional practice.
The programme increases graduate employability prospects because of the rising need for health and social care workers who can work across a widening range of professional care and support sectors. For example those who achieve the Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care may go on to work in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings, for example:
- advocacy work
- commissioning and brokerage services.
- community development
- community mental health
- dual diagnosis support teams (mental ill health and drug use)
- health promotion projects
- homelessness services
- Local Authority teams with vulnerable and at risk, children and adults
- multi-agency teams working with families
- refugee and asylum-seeker services
- residential care units
Upon completion of this course, you can automatically continue to our BSc (Hons) Integrative Health and Social Care (Top-up) degree as long as you are working (paid or voluntary) in a health or social care setting. Other courses you may be interested include Counselling Studies and Skills, Cognitive Behavioural Studies and Skills, and Dementia Care.
See our full range of health and social care courses for more information.
Alternatively, you can continue to study on-campus at the University of Derby in areas such as Professional Development (Health and Social Care).
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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
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