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Human Development and Health University Certificate in Professional Development

Go on a journey through your own life – from fertilisation to infancy, through puberty and beyond into adulthood – and examine what happens when the human reproductive system doesn’t work properly and how advances in reproductive medicine can help.


12 weeks


Course overview

You explore influences on an individual’s health and well-being, including social, environmental, and economic factors. Some of these can help to promote health, such as diet, education and income. Other factors, such as smoking, alcohol misuse and poor education can have the opposite effect. The life-course approach looks at the critical stages of life, and the different influences, good and not-so-good, on health. An evidence-based approach helps you understand key issues from preconception to early years, adolescence, and into working life.

The government has provided funding for this course, independent of any previous or current funding you may have for educational purposes. You can apply for short course funding if you are currently in education, or already qualified to degree, master’s or PhD level. If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria. Find out more about short course loans

This course is ideal if you are:

  • a school or further education college leaver wanting to explore a subject before committing to a full degree
  • unemployed and wanting to develop skills to improve your employability
  • a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge in a subject, or to learn new skills
  • in work and your performance can be enhanced by learning new knowledge and skills
  • returning to education after a break
  • currently in higher education and would like to complement your skillset with additional knowledge and skills.

You can only enrol on one short course at a time.

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Course details

What you study

You study:

  • human biological development
  • embryology
  • clinical and ethical aspects life course ecological model
  • nutritional science
  • social / behavioural / religion / culture
  • health / well-being
  • genetic disorders and the impact of epigenetics.

How you learn

The course runs for a period of 12 weeks, using a blended learning approach.

The course includes a one week block of on-campus teaching within the 12 teaching weeks. This includes five days of six hours a day (9.00am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 4.00pm), delivered as a mixture of seminars, practicals or lab sessions. The remaining study is online.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your knowledge and understanding associated with the indicative content of the module in a critical way.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have completed a Level 4 qualification (or higher) and/or developed knowledge and skills in a health or science subject.



Career opportunities

Our short courses are developed with support from our industrial partners to meet the needs of employers.

They are ideal for you to build the skills employers look for, helping you to develop a new and successful career through one of the flexible learning options available.

Once you’ve completed your short course you could also apply to study a degree by transferring your eligible completed credits.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Start date: September

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