Available for January start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK fee

£815

International fee

£815

Course level

Undergraduate

Start dates

January, 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.

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

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What you will study

Through studying this course you will be able to:

Certificate of creditCertificate of credit

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
More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

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.

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.

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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.

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 1 £815

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

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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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).

Pauline Green

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

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