Short course

Preparing for Undergraduate Study

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5 Units, 2 hours study per unit

CPD hours

10 CPD hours


Self-guided online learning



Online course description

This course has been designed to help you to build your academic skills in preparation for undergraduate study within health or social care. If you are keen to increase your skills and confidence within the academic arena in a fun and informative way, then this course is for you.

The five interactive units that make up this online experience intend to:

Who is this course for?

This course would be beneficial to those who are currently undertaking, waiting to commence or considering study on an undergraduate programme within the field of health or social care.

Structure, certificates and assessment

Throughout the learning process you will be awarded a Digital Open Badge for completing each unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit.

Upon finishing the course, you will be issued an E-Certificate featuring all earned badges and stating that you have completed the full course, so that you can add it to your CV or education portfolio.

If you're interested in exploring what else University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.

An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of 5 units, each will require approximately 2 hours of study.

The focus of this unit is on preparation for university.

This unit will provide you with useful content around the meaning of evidence-based practice. It aims to help you to recognise reliable and useful sources of literature that can support you both with your academic studies and in practice settings and placements.

This unit aims to develop critical thinking skills and presentation skills.

This unit is focused on the importance of performing well within your workplace and maintaining professional relationships at work and on practice placements.

This unit is focused on communication skills and your future potential.

Learning outcomes

By completing this course, you'll:

Course requirements

How to enrol

All of our free courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

What you will need

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status. You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

Once registered, please be aware that all study for this course is online and so you will need to be able to engage with this via a personal device, preferably a computer or laptop, for the stated duration of the course.

The learning platform is compatible with screen reader technology to assist those with visual impairments.

Course creator

Melanie Mohidin

Lecturer (Pre-Qualifying Healthcare) Health, Psychology and Social Care

I joined the school of health, psychology and social care in 2019. I started my university career employed as a clinical educator based on the Foundation Degree Nursing Associate Programme. Having also worked within the NHS as a clinical educator I was able to encourage students to make the links between the importance of education and clinical practice using a combination of theoretical teaching and practical skills sessions within the university simulation suites.

I am now a university lecturer teaching, working with and supporting students through their foundation degree within the same programme. I am also involved in supporting Assistant Practitioners studying for their degree within the online platform.

I am a registered adult nurse and my main background is Intensive Care Nursing. I practiced locally for many years and I also spent 8 years within one of the large intensive care units in London.

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