Health Care Studies, (UG:Certificate)

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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About Health Care Studies, at Swansea University

Course Overview

This modular Certificate of Higher Education; Health Care Studies is designed to enable Health Care Support Workers (HCSWs) to complete a recognised formal level four (CQFW4) qualification in keeping with the current Welsh Government initiative 'Developing Excellence in Healthcare' for a skills and career framework for HCSW's. It is anticipated that these educational opportunities will enable HCSW's to develop personally and professionally and may make them eligible for consideration for promotion to a higher band within the Knowledge and Skills Framework operating in the NHS or eligibility to apply for Pre-registration Nursing.

Key features

  • A Certificate in Higher Education for  HCSW's wishing to develop their role and career prospects against a nationally recognised qualification.
  • Options for part or full time study while still in employment
  • Blended learning that includes classroom and work based learning
  • Applications are welcome from HCSW's from the fields of nursing from the NHS and independent healthcare sector
  • Potential eligibility to apply to year 2 of the Pre-Registration Nursing programme

Course description


There are 2 core modules

  • SHG 107 Introduction to Health Care Practice (40 credits)
  • SHG 108 Introduction to Health Sciences (20 credits)

There are 2 compulsory modules for HCSW's working in band 4 roles or as Assistant Practitioners

  • SHG 116 Clinical decision Making for Support Workers
  • SHG 117 Consolidating Practice

There are 3 optional modules for HCSW's not in band 4 or Assistant Practitioner roles

  • SHG 120 Starting Your Practice Development
  • SHG 122 Policy Influences on Your Practice
  • SHG 125 How can I make a change in practice?

This is a certificate programme which delivers 120 credits at level 4. The programme has been developed in close collaboration with the local Health Boards (HB) in response to the Shared Services Partnership, Workforce, Education and Development Services (WEDS) directives and is offered as a full time (one year) or part time (two year) course. The Certificate will be delivered using blended learning including Work Based Learning and attendance at taught modules.

The programme will comprise of 2 core modules that are composite modules delivered as traditional taught modules.


  • SHG107 Introduction to Health Care Practice (40 credits)
  • SHG108 Introduction to Health Sciences (20 credits)

Course Description

The students will also pursue an additional 60 credits of optional modules. Students will be profiled by the Programme Director on entry to the programme and will be advised which optional modules should be selected, based on student and employer needs.  In most cases this will mean that students currently working in band 4 roles or as Assistant Practitioners will select SHG116 Clinical Decision Making for Support Workers (40 credits) and SHG117 Consolidating Practice (20 credits).  Students not working in these roles will usually be encouraged to undertake the work-based learning modules SHG120 Starting Your Practice Development (20 credits), SHG122 Policy Influences on Your Practice (20 credits) and SHG125 How Can I make a Change in Practice (20 credits). However, students may select alternative options from the College module catalogue in consultation with and with the agreement of the Programme Director and their employer.

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International Part-time

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

HCSW's are required to be in healthcare employment  and gain employer consent before applying to the College. Their clinical area of work must be an audited learning environment and have mentors that meet the NMC Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice (2008). The HCSW need to have identified a mentor prior to commencing the Programme. Selection of students will be made jointly between the College and  employer representatives and students will remain in paid employment to enable them to achieve the various competencies which form part of the assessment process. The HCSW will be required to have been working in a relevant health or social care position for at least two years, have a sound academic background  and able to write a 500 word statement expressing why they should be considered for the programme.

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