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Health, Social, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Support University Certificate in Professional Development

You develop your understanding and knowledge of contemporary issues related to the activities of living and service provision. You are encouraged to use a person centred approach to health, social, diagnostic, and therapeutic support.


Course overview

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Where you study

You may be able to study within your own trust establishments or at the University site.


Course details

What you study

You study the underpinning principles of caring practice and relate these to your own working environment as well as appreciating the role of the multidisciplinary team.

How you learn

You attend study days (one or two days a month) in order to discover and enhance your knowledge regarding client care. You are assessed by producing an assignment that describes and discusses the client journey and the issues around this journey. You are also required to work with a small group of your fellow students to give a presentation regarding an aspect of practice.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must be working within a health, social, diagnostic or therapeutic care environment, either formally or informally.

Please contact Mary Nesbitt,, prior to applying for this module.



Career opportunities

This module can introduce you to academic writing and will support you when applying for higher level programmes, for example pre registration nursing or foundation degrees. It will help you to develop your own study and writing skills as well as your knowledge base regarding your caring role.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 1 year
  • Start date: September/February
  • Level: Certificate
  • Credits: 40

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Service user and carer involvement

Service users and carers support all aspects of our students' lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

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