Total cost of course
UK/EU: £9,780*
INT: £9,780*

*Prices correct for 2019/2020 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Course length
4 years of part time study
Start dates
January, May, September
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Pace of study

We recommend around 20 hours of study per week, per 20 credit module.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Course code: OLUBF     Level 5 qualification

The Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care provides you with the knowledge, values and skills required to become a competent health and social care practitioner who can work in an integrative environment.

This 240 credit, Level 5 course in Health and Social Care will enable you to progress your qualifications to degree level with automatic entitlement to study our online Level 6 BSc (Hons) Integrative Health and Social Care Top-up degree as long as you are working (paid or voluntary) in the health and social care sector.

You also have the option to exit with a Certificate of Higher Education and Health and Social Care by achieving 120 credits at Level 4.

Who is this health and social care diploma course for?

It’s ideally suited to school leavers who are working (paid or volunteering) in the health and social care sector or very well experienced workers who are now seeking the academic qualifications to validate their work experience and further develop their skills.

It provides the underpinning knowledge, theory and research so that you can progress with further study and qualify in specialist areas such as social work, nursing, teaching, occupational and other therapies.

This course suits a wide range of health and social care practitioners in the statutory, private, voluntary and charitable organisations within the health and social care sector, including:

  • Residential Child Care and Adult Workers
  • Care Assistants
  • Family Support Workers
  • Youth and Community Workers
  • Nursery Assistants
  • Play Workers
  • Childminders
  • Foster Carers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Students studying subjects relating to Health and
  • Social Care and Child Development in schools and colleges

What will I learn on the health and social care diploma course?

The course covers a broad range of subject areas to give you a well-rounded qualification. You’ll learn about legislation and policy from a global perspective; safeguarding for children and adults, physical health conditions, health policy, social trends along with basic research skills.

In addition, you’ll develop transferable skills sought by employers including communication, team working, research, problem solving, leadership skills and presentation skills.

Find out more about the online Health and Social Care Diploma of Higher Education course

Listen to our recording of the Academic Lead for Social Care and Social Work talking more about the Health and Social Care Diploma of Higher Education course.

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Programme Specification

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