Whether you’re working in, thinking of working in or are generally interested in health care, we offer a range of accredited courses. These can be studied individually or as part of a degree in Health and Social Care. These courses are built on a strong reputation for quality and relevance to practice. Improving the experience of health care is at the heart of all our courses. We take a user-focused, case-study approach, which doesn’t require you to be in practice in order to apply the course ideas and theories to health care. All of our courses use the most up-to-date research and an analysis of policies and practice to develop knowledge and understanding of health care issues.
Courses at Level 2 provide essential skills for health workers and people interested in health care. These courses are relevant to many aspects of health care and include mental health; palliative care; and complementary and alternative medicine. At Level 3, you can choose from a range of courses, including public health, communication, and management in health and social care.
Undergraduate or bachelors degrees are nationally recognised qualifications consisting of academic study designed to that help you gain a thorough understanding of a subject.
For a degree in a named subject, such as business studies or humanities, you'll study mainly in your chosen subject, although you may be able to include some modules from other subjects.
With The Open University you could also study an Open degree where you can combine a range of modules from similar or different subjects to suit either your particular career or personal interests.
You can use a degree to:
Foundation degrees are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession; they combine work place learning with academic study. Designed and developed with external partners, you must be working either as a paid employee or as a volunteer in a related work setting.
A foundation degree is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They aim to enhance the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or those intending to go into that profession.
You can use a foundation degree to:
Most of our foundation degrees are also offered as diplomas of higher education for those living and working in Scotland.
A Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study.
Dip HEs are designed to increase the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or extend your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. A Dip HE shows that you are capable of extended study at university level.
You can use a DipHE to:
The Diploma of Higher Education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.
A Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) is a nationally recognised qualification focusing on either a particular job or profession, or academic study. Equivalent to the first year of a full honours degree, they are the most basic level of qualification that can be gained in higher education and show that you are capable of studying successfully at university level.
You can use a CertHE to:
OU Certificates are specially designed Open University qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study. For example The Open University's Certificate in Supporting Learning in Primary Schools is designed for teaching assistants and other kinds of classroom support staff, including volunteers. Not all OU Certificates are entry level qualifications.
You can use an OU Certificate to:
There are two ways to start a qualification. If you haven’t studied for a long time or need to build your confidence, beginning your studies with an Access module may be the right choice for you.
Choose a qualification to find out more.
You can study a single module on its own for personal interest or to improve your career prospects. See the list of all our individual courses in Health Studies.
If you work in the health and social care sector in the UK and would like to develop your career further you can combine academic study with a Level 3 vocational qualification. This provides you with a flexible and effective way of linking your learning directly to your care role. These vocational qualifications are also available independently of the academic qualification.
If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Health and Social Care.
If you want to study for an undergraduate qualification and you are living outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, visit our international prospectus.
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