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Certificate of Higher Education Open: Standard pathway

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This certificate of higher education is made up of 120 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

For your first 60 credits, you’ll choose from a wide and varied list of key introductory modules (worth 30 or 60 credits each), designed to develop your subject knowledge and study skills and provide a firm foundation for future learning. You can see the full list when you register, but here we suggest some of the modules that introduce our 14 subjects:

  • Arts and humanitiesThe arts past and present (AA100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,AA100,,1 (60 credits)
  • Business and managementAn introduction to business studies (B120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,B120,,1 (30 credits)
  • Childhood and youth  – The early years: developing practice (E100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,E100,,1 or Supporting learning in primary schools (E111)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,E111,,1 (both 60 credits)
  • Computing and ITMy digital life (TU100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,TU100,,1 (60 credits)
  • EducationThe early years: developing practice (E100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,E100,,1 or Supporting learning in primary schools (E111)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,E111,,1 (both 60 credits)
  • Engineering, technology and designEngineering the future (T174)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,T174,,1 (30 credits) or Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century (U101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,U101,,1 (60 credits)
  • Environment, development and international studiesEnvironment: journeys through a changing world (U116)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,U116,,1 (60 credits)
  • Health and social careAn introduction to health and social care (K101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,K101,,1 (60 credits) or Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,E112,,1 (60 credits)
  • LanguagesRundblick: beginners' German (L193)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,L193,,1, Bon départ: beginners' French (L192)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,L192,,1, or Portales: beginners' Spanish (L194)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,L194,,1 (30 credits each)
  • Law – An introduction to law (W101) (60 credits), planned from October 2014
  • Mathematics and statisticsDiscovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,MU123,,1, Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,MST124,,1) or Introducing statistics (M140)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,M140,,1 (30 credits each)
  • PsychologyInvestigating psychology 1 (DE100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,DE100,,1 (60 credits each), planned for October 2014
  • ScienceExploring science (S104)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,S104,,1 (60 credits)
  • Social SciencesIntroducing the social sciences (DD102)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T09-1,module,DD102,,1 (60 credits), planned from October 2014.

For your final 60 credits, you can choose any Level 1 module(s) you like, worth 30 or 60 credits.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes two years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take up to seven years.


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