Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 4 years

UK fee

£9,780

International fee

£9,780

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Diploma of Higher Education

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

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:

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.

Our Academic Lead, Dr Pauline Green, talks about the online Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care

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What you will study

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.

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Code: 4HC508

Health Policy and Social Trends

This module provides students with an understanding of the major ideologies and influences, concepts and principles that underpin health and social policy. Key themes of particular relevance are the ‘experiences’ of health and wellbeing as this relates to the impact of health and social policies on a range of social groups and core issues relating to the nature of policy-making and implementation in the context of the changing shape and nature of social policies.

The course will address the current challenges for UK health and social care including personalisation, integrated care, working across boundaries, public engagement, patient self-management, definitions of wellbeing, and the new commissioning landscape. Perspectives on the historic and emerging trends, policies and structures of UK health and social care will be explored and students will have the option to study strategies for health improvement, approaches to strategic management of integrated services, the commissioning cycle or mental health and wellbeing.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and ideological developments of UK health policy identifying the underpinning principles and values
  2. Identify a relevant current social trend and explore its impact on both workers and users of services

Module content

The module will investigate health and social care policy and practice from historical, political, ideological and economic perspectives. The underpinning principles and values of health and social care provision, including community care and health care in England, Wales and the European Union will be covered with an emphasis on the common trends.  Concepts of organisation, community, family, ageing, race, gender, inequality, oppression and discrimination will be studied alongside political and social perspectives on public health. The relationship of social policy to legislation and the impact on the lives of groups and individuals who are socially excluded from society will also be examined, e.g. those in poverty, unemployed, older, chronically ill and disabled people, carers, those with learning difficulties or mental ill-health. The module will address contemporary social changes and trends in UK society, and examine social attitudes to a wide range of contemporary health and social care issues.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HC509

Psychological Approaches to Care

This module is designed to provide a theoretical understanding of human growth and development. It enables the student to gain a range of perspectives from across psychology to understand the emotional and social behaviour of people. Theories will cover the human lifespan, focusing on the impact of change on individual behaviour and development. Crisis and ill health will be explored through the service user’s perspective and narratives to enable insight and empathy. It is expected that students will develop their understanding of and commitment to diversity and anti-oppressive values relevant to caring and supporting people in health and social care.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish key knowledge and values applicable to human development
  2. Discuss the psychological impact that individuals experience in times of crisis or ill-health

Module content

Teaching and learning in this module will involve studying a range of human development theories from childhood through to old age. These will include child development theories, humanistic theory, systems theory, theories of adolescence, psychodynamic theory and social learning and behavioural theories. There will also be opportunities for the study of contemporary issues relating to stress, loss, substance misuse and child abuse and their impact on human behaviour.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HC510

Social Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

The module considers how people’s life experiences, socially, politically and economically impacts on their health. The module will go beyond notions of eating healthily and taking exercise and examine the barriers some people may face in obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As well as examining key sociological concepts students will explore practical ideas and the skills needed to engage service users in what might constitute their own health and wellbeing. In addition, there will be consideration of what might be done in practice to help service users bring about feelings of well-being within the limitations of their circumstances.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: 

  1. Identify how social and community approaches might promote health and well-being
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the key concepts connected to wellbeing

Module content

  • Approaches to health with emphasis on the social model
  • Wellbeing and wellness
  • Barriers to healthy lifestyles
  • Service user engagement and/or involvement
  • Social support and community networks
  • Sociological perspectives of health and illness
  • Health and illness in relation to particular social groups
  • Introduction to project management
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HC511

Understanding Physical Health Conditions

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore some of the major acute and chronic physical illnesses affecting people in society. Students will gain an understanding of the causes and symptoms of some of the most common medical conditions including the main features of cardiovascular (heart) disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes and dementia. The module is designed to give students an understanding of the biomedical causes of ill-health and disease and the role of medication will also be investigated. A major feature of the module is to examine the impact of physical ill-health on wellbeing.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the most common physical health conditions
  2. Discuss the main medical interventions used in the treatment of one of the major conditions

Module content

Bio-medical causation theories, lifestyle patterns, risk factors and treatment, knowledge of the  assessment and diagnosis of diseases, disease management, pathology, aetiology, surgical treatment, care management and rehabilitation, disease prevention, including health education. NICE guidelines for medical interventions and diagnosis.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HC512

Ways of Knowing

The module focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for learning and employability. The emphasis will be upon the development of core academic and vocational skills and knowledge which are required for those working in the ever changing health and social care field. Students are introduced to key learning concepts and ideas including personal development planning, reflection and knowledge.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Apply relevant skills in reflective writing
  2. Demonstrate understanding and use of the appropriate skills required for academic purposes

Module content

Study skills (such as writing, note taking, referencing and citation) will be an integral aspect of this module. Concepts such as evidence based practice, reflective practice and the use of personal development portfolios will be introduced to the student. Group work, communication and introductory presentation skills will be introduced and practised in a supportive environment.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HC513

Working with People

This module focuses on the development of the interpersonal and professional skills required to engage directly with people who use health and social care services, their families and carers. The module considers how the needs of individuals, families and groups can be responded to as part of students’ developing identity as professionals and will comprise personal, professional and organisational perspectives alongside service users experiences. Key components will include an awareness of how values, attitudes and beliefs may influence and impact on professional behaviour and work with people.

Through exposure to and input from a range of professionals across health and social care the module provides opportunities for students to gain self-confidence and awareness of their own interaction and communication with others and to make links to broader concepts such as anti-oppressive practice and equality.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to respond to and engage with people who use services, their families and carers
  2. Reflect on the knowledge, skills and values that professionals utilise in working with people

Module content

The learning outcomes are achieved through the following: communication skills, reflective skills, social exclusion perspectives, service user and carer perspectives, equality/anti-oppressive perspectives, organisational theories, inter-professional perspectives, personal and professional development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HC508

Critical Issues in Adult Care

The current challenges facing those working in adult social care, health care and community services are critically examined in this module. It provides a detailed overview of contemporary issues in adult care, including personalisation and self-directed support. New ways of delivering care and support are required in the context of meeting the changing demands of adults who require health and social care services. The adoption of social enterprise models, new technologies and building local capacity to deliver adult social care services are amongst the changing priorities.

Students will work with the range of policy and legislation aimed at supporting people to lead full and independent lives while also protecting adults who are at risk of harm. The module examines current and emerging issues related to working with adults. It considers assessment, ethics and decision making, along with issues such as rights and best interest, compulsory measures and choice. Students will critically evaluate the evidence that underpins the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of support and care to vulnerable adults in the context of increasing partnership working with service users, families, communities and a range of providers across the statutory, voluntary, community and independent sectors.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Apply legal, policy and ethical principles in the analysis of a complex issue related to the care of adults
  2. Critically review types of abuse and theoretical perspectives in health and social care practice with adults

Module content

The module is aimed at enabling students to develop the skills and knowledge to holistically assess and manage the care needs of adults within a range of health and social care settings. Topics include an overview of theories of ageing and the impact of the ageing process, mental ill-health, dementia and end of life care. The key principles of person centred care and integrated biopsychosocial assessments are explored alongside the legal and policy drivers that underpin practice with adults. Focus is placed upon the inter-professional nature of care and support reflected in the teaching input from a variety of social and healthcare practitioners. Key themes include:

  • Safeguarding adults
  • The context of care and vulnerability
  • Assessment and intervention
  • Risk management
  • Mental capacity and best interest
  • Ethical issues in adult care
  • Partnership in decision making
  • Evidence based practice applied to care of vulnerable adults
  • Early intervention and preventative care
  • Compassion and person-centeredness
  • Communication
  • End of life care
  • Mental health
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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5HC509

Public Health and Health Promotion

This module is designed to provide a critical perspective on the theories, concepts and ideas associated with promoting the health of the population. Key skills such as accessing, interpreting and critically appraising sources of health related information will be developed and the issues associated with implementing health promotion initiatives will be considered. Contemporary approaches to public health, focusing on neighbourhood resources (5th Wave of Public Health), will be considered and the issues associated with implementing this approach will be discussed.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and utilise sources of information appropriate to supporting public health and health promotion initiatives
  2. Utilise critical appraisal skills in identifying and examining the key theoretical perspectives underpinning health promotion and how it is applied to contemporary health and social care issues

Module content

The module will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Concepts and determinants of health
  • Causes of health inequality
  • The development of public health from Dr John Snow to the '5th Wave'
  • Epidemiology and sources of data
  • Major health and social issues
  • Political influences on health promotion and public health
  • Risk and society
  • Health-related behaviour
  • Health psychology models and behaviour change
  • Models and approaches to health promotion
  • Ethical issues in health promotion
  • Anti-oppressive practice and promoting health
  • Evaluation of health promotion
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HC510

Researching Health and Social Care

This module allows the concept of evidence based practice to be developed, specifically focusing on an exploration of the research methods used in health and social care. This will include the critical understanding of different sources of evidence used to inform practice. The module will also examine some of the ethical issues associated with conducting research in health and social care. Students will evaluate evidence and consider how it influences practice.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise research methods and sources of evidence underpinning health and social care practice
  2. Discuss legal and ethical principles linked to conducting research in health and social care

Module content

The module will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Critiquing research design and methodologies
  • Use of critical appraisal tools
  • Policy and guidelines relating to research and evidence based practice in health and social care
  • Use of data and information in health and social care
  • Professional ethical and legal issues associated with evidence based practice
  • Factors for consideration in application of research to practice
  • Identifying research priorities for further investigation
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HC511

Safeguarding Children

The ability to identify and manage risks to children is a core requirement within the health and social care arena. An understanding of the concepts of abuse, risk and vulnerability, within an historical context is therefore a requirement. Understanding duties to assess and protect is necessary for safe and effective practice with vulnerable service users. Tragedies in the field of child protection highlight the consequences of professionals lacking skills and confidence in identifying and managing risk. Students will explore these issues reflecting critically on theories and methods relating to vulnerable children and considering the assessment and management of risk. Perspectives underpinning the behaviour and development of children, inter-professional roles and responsibilities and conflicts and dilemmas around risk, safety and control will therefore be explored.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of abuse on children and young people
  2. Critically examine and analyse the role of different agencies and professionals within the process of safeguarding children and young people

Module content

The focus of the module teaching will be an examination of the roles and responsibilities of practitioners involved in the safeguarding of children and young people. Health and social care practitioners will often be a first point of contact for children and young people living in the community. The focus of the module will assist in the development and understanding of this subject area, providing students with the tools necessary to become an effective safeguarding practitioner with vulnerable children and young people. Current government initiatives and the inevitable impact of those changes within the health and social care sector will also be studied alongside exploration of the theoretical perspectives. The module will include:

  • Historical developments which will provide contextual understanding of safeguarding
  • Exploration of the concepts of risk and vulnerability
  • Examination of implications of needs-led and resource-led services
  • Theories of child abuse from a range of sociological and psychological perspectives
  • Range of definitions and explanations of abuse
  • Inter-professional roles, duties and responsibilities to assess and manage risk
  • Indicators of risk and abuse
  • Examination of the role of serious care reviews and child death inquiry reports and how they may influence policy and practice responses to risk and abuse
  • Concept of power in understanding explanations for and consequences of abuse
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HC512

Leadership Skills in Health and Social Care Practice

This module will introduce you to leadership theory and models that can be implemented into your practice. You will participate in on-going reflection of your own leadership style/approach and consider how theory influences this. You will also discuss the role of leadership and management in maintaining and improving the quality of services.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of leadership theory in relation to health and social care practice
  2. Reflect on the development of personal leadership skills in practice

Module content

This module will cover a range of leadership theories and models as well as methods to reflect on your own practice and development of leadership skills.

Module content will include:

  • Models of reflection
  • Leadership styles
  • Motivation and leadership
  • Team dynamics
  • Organisational structure and culture
  • Managing change
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Professional accountability and quality care
  • Process mapping
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5NU504

Professional Development in Health and Social Care

This module develops your ability to engage in self-assessment, evaluation and reflection, and encourages you to develop a range of professional and computing skills in order to help you understand and shape your current and future role as a health or social care practitioner, providing a basis for lifelong learning. You will lay a foundation of continuous professional development (CPD) to be an effective practitioner in today’s complex health and social care environment through undertaking a range of experiential exercises, self-assessment techniques; organisational analysis; structured discussion and guided reading.

Health and social care organisations and professionals rely on particular research methods and techniques in order to cope with the changing landscape. Understanding and applying evidence is now an essential skill of health and social care practice and this module aims to develop your skills for research, which will be relevant within your own context. The module will focus on key skills in research, including identifying a research question, analysing information, reviewing literature, collecting and analysing data and presenting the main findings in professional and concise manner, using appropriate technology.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the professional skills and attributes required of a successful practitioner in health and social care
  2. Appraise the skills and knowledge you currently have in relation to your current and future practice
  3. Understand the relevance of research and evidence in health and social care

Module content

This module will give you the opportunity to identify and reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses and to consider the opportunities and threats that you perceive for your future development. There will also be a need to produce a continuous professional development (CPD) plan which will incorporate a needs analysis based upon the skills and knowledge that will be required in health and social care.

Module content will include:

  • Developing your self
  • Self-awareness and presentation
  • Self-management
  • Communication skills
  • Learning styles
  • Problem solving skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Continuous professional development
  • Digital literacy
  • Motivation and leadership
  • Organisational structure and culture
  • Managing information
  • Current issues in the international health and social care climate
  • Study skills and academic writing skills
  • Finding, accessing and using evidence
  • Approaches to small scale enquiry
  • Identifying and specifying relevant research questions
  • Conducting a literature search
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Analysing and presenting data
  • Ethical issues in research approach and design
  • Writing in academic and professional tone
  • Organising and presenting information for audience
  • Using electronic resources
  • Using word processing
  • Referencing in the Harvard System
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Coursework

How you will learn

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.

Assessment method

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.

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Entry requirements

If you are a school leaver the entry requirements include:

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:

Non-standard entrants

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:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Fees and funding

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £815 12 £9,780

† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

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:

Progression routes

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 SkillsCognitive 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).

Pauline Green
Programme leader

Dr Pauline Green is a registered Social Worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers. She has worked at the University of Derby since 1999 and is presently Academic Lead of Social Work/Social Care at the University of Derby Online Learning Department. She has published in the British Journal of Social Work and delivers resilience training for Derby Social Services.

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