Higher Education Certificate in Health and Social Care

Our Higher Education Certificate in Health and Social Care programme has been designed primarily for those already working in a health or social care setting, who may require higher education qualifications. It gives you an ideal mix of work-based and academic learning that will enhance your career prospects. It is also ideal if you want a career in health or social care.

The Higher Education Certificate in Health and Social Care is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

Abingdon (Oxfordshire) and London Waterloo

Start Date

September and January

Length of programme

One year full-time
Two years part-time

Modes of study

Classroom and online learning materials


You will be assessed using coursework and a paper based exam. The work based learning component of the programme is assessed through either a portfolio of work or through achievement of relevant competencies

How to apply

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Key Information

  • You will combine theory and work-based learning to prepare you for, or advance, your health or social care career
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company and Future Finance student loans^
  • The programme has been developed in partnership with NHS (National Health Service) and non-NHS providers of health and social care

Your certificate

When you study for the Higher Education Certificate in Health and Social Care with BPP University, you will develop core knowledge about the human body including basic anatomy and physiology, and the musculoskeletal system.

You will also have the opportunity to study other aspects of healthcare, including degenerative disorders such as dementia. Patient-centred care is at the heart of this programme, and there is a focus on concepts of human dignity and equal treatment.

Putting theory into practice

A further integral part of the Certificate is the application of theory in practice. You must show the ability to apply – in a work-based environment – the knowledge and skills that you acquire on the programme.

Employment prospects

When you successfully complete the Certificate you will be better placed to gain employment in a health or social care role or progress within your current job.

It will also give you the opportunity to consider continuing your studies in healthcare, through looking at other BPP University programmes, such as Nursing (subject to meeting all other entry requirements). You will have qualified for significant exemptions from this programme.

Please note - If at any point during your programme you change the speed of your part-time study, you will be required to notify the Student Loans Company as changing modes or the speed at which you complete your studies will have fee or student funding implications.



  • Introduction to Health Sciences
  • Understanding Evidence and Values in Person-Centred Care
  • Understanding Public Health
  • Work Based Learning and Assessment


  • Understanding Adult Care
  • Understanding Learning Disability Care
  • Understanding Mental Health Care
  • Understanding the Care of Children and Young People

Please note: Modules run subject to demand

Entry requirements

English language

You must:

  • Provide evidence of instruction and assessment predominantly in English throughout education or
  • Provide evidence of a recent IELTS or equivalent score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 for each component
  • Have access to working with patients and clients to meet the requirements of the Work Based Learning module

Educational background

You should hold (or equivalent):

  • A portfolio providing evidence of a minimum of three years care experience giving details of the role and responsibilities, including details of any education or training undertaken and how it supported and influenced your role
  • Satisfactory references; and
  • GCSE/Level 2 equivalent in English Language and Maths
  • Minimum two A levels or AS levels; or
  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma; or
  • Level 3 NVQ; or
  • Pathway programme at Level 3, including BPP University’s Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Healthcare

You must have access to working with patients and clients to meet the requirements of the Work Based Learning Module.

  • The Programme Leader will have the ultimate responsibility in the assessment of your suitability to commence the programme
  • If you do not meet the entry requirements or are deemed not suitable, we will direct you towards other appropriate programmes of study

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers service in place to give students an ‘edge’. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. Which together ensure you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are also offered ‘Career Ready Skills’ workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management.

It’s never too early to start learning all the essential skills you’ll need to secure a position, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. And continue to access the Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online. Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme. The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.

Study locations

You can study BPP’s Higher Education Certificate in Health and Social Care in London Waterloo or Abingdon and, by prior arrangement, from employer premises. It is intended primarily to be taken as a two year part-time course, although there is also the option of completing the course full-time in one year.

Paying for your course

  • Full-time 1 year: £5,000 (120 Credits)
  • Part-time 2 years: £2,500 a year (60 credits a year)
  • International 1 year - Sept 2015: £7,500 a year (120 credits)

If you are self-funding, your first instalment will be due two weeks before the programme commences. If you are funding your fees through the Student Loans Company, please email a copy of your SLC confirmation letter to your Service Representative.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for assessments £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800
Resit practical assessment fee £100
Resit clinical assessment fee £250


All full-time UK/EU students intending to study this programme are eligible to apply for Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans. These help to cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs whilst studying. Part-time UK/EU students are eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan only.

How you apply for student finance varies depends on where you live. You will find detailed information on the application process and the amount of funding you will be entitled to at www.gov.uk/student-finance

Or for more information, please contact our Student Finance Office:

Tel: 03331 224 359
Fax: 020 7404 1389
Email: studentfinance@bpp.com

Please note - if at any point during your studies you change modes of study or the speed at which you complete your studies, we will be required to notify the Student Loans Company as this may have funding implication.