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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK fee

£840 (2020/21)

International fee

£840 (2020/21)

Course level

Undergraduate

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

This course consists of a single 20 credit module, ‘Professional Development in Health and Social Care’ and is the first step to ensuring you have the transferable skills needed to move forward in your role as a health and social care professional.

Our certificate of Credit in Health and Social Care Studies aims to widen the participation of Health and Social Care courses to practitioners who may not have the level of experience of academic study that is required for UK degrees. It is ideal for those who are looking to take the next step in health and social care, return to study or for those who may need to refresh their academic skills to go onto acquire the relevant qualifications within their role. 

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, 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.

NMC revalidation and CPD

If you are going through NMC Revalidation this year you’ll also be aware that you need to complete 35 hours of continuous professional development (CPD) which needs to include 20 hours of participatory learning. Our online course counts as participatory learning and will help you to meet the requirements for re-registration. It is an ideal way to top-up your academic skills in theory, digital literacy, critical thinking and reflection, gaining 20 university credits that will count towards your CPD and future studies. It will also enable you to become an effective practitioner in today’s complex health and social care environment through undertaking a range of experiential exercises, self-assessment techniques; organisational analysis and structured discussion.

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Enhancing your professional development plan

This course will also allow you to integrate personal development planning (PDP) into your workload. Opportunities throughout the course for PDP are included through the application of learning materials to current practice within health and social care as well as the use of critical reflection within modules. This module will incorporate a variety of skills that will enable you to develop critical evaluation, appraisal and reflection skills in relation to your clinical and evidence based practice. This content will be contextualised and enhanced, allowing you to take the skills forward into clinical and academic practice.

Find out more about the online Health and Social Care Studies Certificate of Credit course

Listen to our recording of the Academic Lead for Social Care and Social Work talking more about the Health and Social Care Studies Certificate of Credit course.

Our Academic Lead, Dr Pauline Green, talks about the online Certificate Of Credit in Health and Social Care Studies

View our online Health and Social Care Studies Certificate of Credit course introduction video transcript

What you will study

Through studying this course you will be able to:

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Study Health and Social Care Online at Derby Webinar: May

Tuesday, 4 May 2021 11.00 - 12.00

Join this webinar to discover more about our Health and Social Care courses which include Integrative Health and Social Care and Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care. The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation from Dr Pauline Green, Academic Lead for Health & Social Care.

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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.

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.

Who will teach you

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Dr Pauline Green
Programme leader

Dr. Pauline Green is a registered Social Worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers. She is an Academic Lead of Social Work/Social Care and Course Director at the University of Derby Online Learning Department. She has published in the British Journal of Social Work and delivers self-care and resilience training for Derby Social Services and NHS Trusts.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

English Language Qualifications

Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied in an English-speaking institution, will need:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £840 1 £840

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £840 1 £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

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.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

Whilst undertaking this programme you will already be employed in a variety of health and social care settings. This programme will support you to progress potentially into supervisory or management positions.

It will also help to prepare you for further study on our health and social care online programmes, such as Health and Social Care Diploma of Higher EducationBSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-up) and BSc (Hons) Integrative Health and Social Care (Top-up).

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