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Higher Education Courses

Health & Social Care Cert HE delivered in association with the University of Worcester

Level 4

Course code: H09D144
Type: Higher Education inc Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ)
Location: Hereford
No fee information available

About the course

This course is delivered in partnership with The University of Worcester, from our Hereford Campus. When you choose to work in Health and Social Care, you face a wide range of opportunities. At Herefordshire College, we help you explore your options and discover evidence-based and contemporary issues pertinent to many aspects of the health and social care sector. Our Cert. HE sits within the first year of our Foundation Degree and is all about experiencing a variety of roles and supports students in developing skills including reflective practice, self-awareness and interpersonal skills essential for a career in health and social care.

The Cert HE in Health and Social Care is a part time, one year course designed to support students wishing to work within the health and social care sector as well as those currently practicing within the field who may be looking for career development and promotion into management positions. Students will be equipped to work within a range of different settings such as schools, community centres, care settings and hospitals. Herefordshire College has excellent links to a variety of community organisations, to support students to identify and undertake a placement, as part of work-based learning.

You can complete the one year, level 4 Cert HE programme or stay with us for two years to complete the level 5 foundation degree. If you wish to progress after the two-year foundation degree onto the one-year top-up degree in Applied Health and Social Care you can complete further study at The University of Worcester such as Masters degree in Nutritional Therapy, Physician Associates and PhD study.

What qualification will I gain?

Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) and Foundation Degree: Health and Social Care

Why choose us

You will be working with a team of academics, clinicians and work-based learning tutors who hold a range of expertise and experience relevant to health and social care. You will examine the theoretical concept of reflective practice and apply system-based knowledge of anatomy and physiology to practice. You will develop and enhance your self-awareness and interpersonal skills alongside gaining an insight into the importance of evidence-based practice within health and social care.

What you could do next

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, or progression onto further degree level study in a relevant area.

Popular modules

  • Preparing for Practice in Health and Social Care

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing

  • Ethics, Values and Use of Self in Practice

  • Communication Skills for Practice

  • Human Development across the Life course

  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (optional module)

  • Working with intersectionality in social care (optional module)

Key facts


  • 4


  • Part-Time: (one day per week plus independent study)


  • 1 year


  • UCAS course code L513

Assessment methods

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year placement project.

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff: A minimum of 32 points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award.

The normal minimum entry requirement for Foundation Degree courses is the possession of 4 GCSEs (Grade C/4 or above) and 1 A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification).

Details of acceptable level 3 qualifications, policy in relation to mature students or applicants with few or no formal qualifications can be found in the prospectus or on the University webpages. See the University’s Admissions Policy for other acceptable qualifications and the section below specific to recognition of prior learning.

Candidates with non-standard entry applications will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills. They will be invited to complete an essay, which will demonstrate an ability to study at this level.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained on the UCAS website.

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points by visiting

Other information:

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS 6.0

All places are conditional upon a UW Occupational Health Clearance.

Students will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check carried out by the University and there are further details on our website.

Students will not be able to commence practice until clearance is confirmed.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.