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Undergraduate study
Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care Cert HE

The CERT HE course is ideal if you are seeking a career working in health and social care, and looking to develop your skills in a hands-on way.


Course overview

This is a one-year course run by Redcar & Cleveland College and Stockton Riverside College in partnership with Teesside University and local health and social care employers.

The philosophy of the course is to develop a comprehensive knowledge of care, the care sector and concepts surrounding health and wellbeing. Developing underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for success/ enhancement in employment, future study or career advancement is also a feature of the course.

Professional and key transferable skills are embedded into the modules to enhance employability and facilitate lifelong learning and the majority of the academic team have industry experience to enhance and integrate professional skills. The concept of introduce, emphasise, advance is utilised with a focus on emphasise to encourage progressive learning and allows a gradual change in teaching strategies that decrease the degree of support needed, leading to independent learners.

Opportunity to continue development of higher-level academic skills as well as industry skills that are reflective of current best practice.

Academic research skills are also enhanced at this level with a focus on literature search strategy and the relevance of primary and secondary data.

There is significant vocational focus to the course and a range of work experiences and/or placement settings are available to you for development of learning in practice, such as working with older people, children and adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues and substance misuse issues.

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Where you study

The course is delivered at Redcar & Cleveland College and Stockton Riverside College where you attend two days a week. You also will need to complete 100 hours placement in a Health and social care setting.


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Course details

You develop an understanding of the theory underpinning care practice, which will enhance the quality of care you provide for your clients either in work or on placement. The content of the curriculum is strongly influenced by the principles of wellbeing and prevention of ill-health - and the recognition that an individual, their family, and/or, carer must be enabled to make decisions regarding their own care.

You study a module at the beginning of the course, which develops your study skills and provides an introduction to learning at higher education level, as well as modules relating to theory and practice, such as Safeguarding and Health and Safety, Developing Effective Care Practice and Psychosocial Context of Care.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

An Introduction to Study Skills in Health and Social Care

Contemporary Care Practice

Introduction to Management and Administration of Medicines

Reflective Practice in Health and Social Care

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

The Psychosocial Context of Care

You gain an understanding of key theoretical concepts from psychology and sociology that pertain to lifespan development, wellbeing and life chances. You explore psychosocial constructs including family, culture, community, deviance, changing societal norms and values and the relevance to social policy and social care. You examine sources of data to explore the changing nature of the UK population, socio-economic influence on life chances and the influence of these on policy and service provision. You analyse historical development of service provision and contemporary social and health policy and apply it to social care provision.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You experience a range of different approaches to your learning from lectures, workshops, seminars (tutor and student-led) and electronic learning to independent study, group work and individual tutorials.

How you are assessed

Assessments include formative assessments to help develop your academic skills as well as several forms of summative assessment including assignments, examinations, presentations, portfolio work, case studies, workbooks and projects.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Call us on 01642 738400 about our entry requirements

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Work placement

You are required to complete 100 hours placement in a Health and social care setting environment

Career opportunities

On successful completion of the course you can apply to the second year of the FdSc Health, Wellbeing and Social Support or seek employment in social care. There may also be an opportunity to access relevant pre-registration health or social work higher education programmes. The course may lead to eligibility for professional registration.



Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: 105L CertHE/SC
  • Start date: September
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  • Typical offer: Call us on 01642 738400 about our entry requirements

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  • Student and graduate profiles
    Simon Wood

    Simon Wood

    Cert HE Social Care taught at Redcar & Cleveland College

    The knowledge I have gained, along with my placement at James Cook University Hospital, has helped me secure a full-time position as a critical care healthcare assistant at the hospital.

    Meet Simon


Service user and carer involvement

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

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