Undergraduate Course

Certificate of HE Health and Social Care

Certificate of HE Health and Social Care

Overview

The details
Health and Social Care
L518
October 2024
Full-time
1 year
Southend Campus

Improving the physical, social or emotional lives of adults can take place in charities, homes or creative environments. This programme is an excellent opportunity for new students to gain vital skills and the adaptability to enter the changing UK workforce. It has also been designed in line with The Care Certificate, an agreed set of standards expected of support worker roles in the health and social care sectors.

Our lecturers believe that administering high-quality care begins with the empathy and kindness of the practitioner, and this course is ideal for anyone who is conscientious and eager to receive realistic practice in patient care. You will be able to learn through flexible and social teaching to guide you from the start of your journey to becoming competent and confident to apply for further education or to roles in the sector.

If you're new to health care (or are in work), you will gradually receive simulated learning experiences, lectures and seminars on campus so that when you are caring for individuals in need – you are familiar with equipment, potential hazards and will feel informed to make life-saving decisions.

The opportunity to train in workshops without the real consequences of errors with vulnerable patients will enable you to deliver better support, communication and kindness when you do begin to practice in varying locations across the UK and beyond.

Location

This course is taught at both our Colchester and Southend campuses.

Why we're great.
  • You will be provided realistic practice for developing your proficiency in patient care, through consistent simulation scenarios throughout the programme.
  • Lectures will be taught by staff from varied health and social care backgrounds from within the School of Health and Social Care, including Nursing, Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work.
  • We have state-of-the-art teaching facilities including mock wards at both campuses.

Our expert staff

Lectures will be taught by staff from varied health and social care backgrounds from within the School of Health and Social Care, including Nursing, Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. Staff will introduce theoretical and conceptual material associated with their professional backgrounds but will also deliver material that is interprofessional and advocates the concept of health and social care as a multidisciplinary effort.

Specialist facilities

We have purpose-built nursing skills labs at both our Colchester and Southend campuses to meet the needs of a growing and lively School. We offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, data-sets, archives and other research materials.

Our dedicated support tutor will help to develop your academic literacy and clinical numeracy skills. This helps you apply these critically important areas of study to real life situations.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • GCSE: Mathematics and English C/4. Acceptable alternatives to our GCSE Maths and English requirements are listed further down this page
  • Plus a level 3 qualification: For example: A Levels, BTECs, T-level, NVQ Level 3, QAA- approved Access course or Senior Healthcare Support Worker.
  • Vocational qualifications: We also consider a range of vocational level 3 qualifications for entry. If you are taking or have achieved any qualifications that are not listed here, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • GCSE Maths requirements: We can accept a number of OFQUAL regulated level 2 maths qualifications in place of GCSE Maths C/4, including Functional Skills level 2, Key Skills level 2 or numeracy units taken as part of an Access to HE Diploma.
  • GCSE English requirements: If you are a first language English speaker or have a lived in the UK for over three years, we can accept a number of OFQUAL regulated level 2 English qualifications in place of GCSE English C/4, including Functional Skills level 2, Key Skills level 2 or literacy units taken as part of an Access to HE Diploma.
  • English language requirements for applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK
  • UKVI IELTS (Academic only) with 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each component.
  • UKVI IELTS must be taken at an approved test centre on the UKVI’s list. The test must have been taken within 2 years of the start of the course (October 2022 for October 2024 entry).
  • International & EU entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

    Sorry, the entry requirements for the country that you have selected are not available here. Please contact our Undergraduate Admissions team at ugquery@essex.ac.uk to request the entry requirements for this country.

    English language requirements

    Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK

    UKVI IELTS (Academic only) with 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each component. UKVI IELTS must be taken at an approved test centre on the UKVI’s list. The test must have been taken within 2 years of the start of the course (October 2022 for October 2024 entry).

    If you are an international student requiring a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

    Do I need to have achieved an acceptable English language qualification before I apply?

    You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

Structure

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: CORE

HS701-4-AS
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 02: CORE

HS170-4-FY
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 03: CORE

HS115-4-FY
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 04: CORE

HS700-4-AP
(15 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 05: CORE

HS177-4-PS
(15 CREDITS)

Teaching

CertHE students will be given extensive simulated learning opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required for these roles, giving students an understanding of complex nature of working in health and social care settings in a safe and controlled environment. This will be facilitated by a range of health and social care professionals, giving students insight into a broad range of practices, approaches and further study opportunities.

On this programme you will usually spend 2 days per week on campus, including one day per week spent in our mock wards where you will develop your clinical skills.

Assessment

Learning outcomes are not seen by teaching staff as the threshold for obtaining a pass but are seen as baseline standards that students require to develop on their journey to becoming lifelong learners.

The assessment methods will ensure that different students' learning needs and preferences are met, regardless of their backgrounds, learning styles or abilities. This will include considering feedback timing and ensuring that assessment briefs are easily accessible to all students.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£9,250

International fee

£19,500

What's next

Open Days

Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

Applying

Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full details on how to apply can be found on the filling in your UCAS undergraduate application web page.

Our UK students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS.

The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L' and ‘S' respectively.

You can find further information on how to apply, including information on transferring from another university, applying if you are not currently at a school or college, and applying for readmission on our How to apply and entry requirements page.

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If you're joining our School of Health and Social Care, East 15 Acting School, or Essex Business School, you may well be studying at our Southend Campus.

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At Essex we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive student community. We offer a wide range of support to individuals and groups of student members who may have specific requirements, interests or responsibilities.

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