Certificate of Higher Education in Adult Health and Social Care

The Open University

Program Description

Certificate of Higher Education in Adult Health and Social Care

The Open University

Certificate of Higher Education in Adult Health and Social Care

If you work in health and social care, use services yourself, or would like to study to find out more about how we support adults in our care system, this certificate is for you. It provides an authoritative overview of the current context of health and social care for adults and older people, using real-life case studies to explore a wide range of fascinating issues and debates.

Key features of the course

  • Deepens your knowledge and understanding of health and social care
  • Develops practical and employability skills
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Educational aims

This certificate offers a thorough and well-supported grounding in the health and social care of older adults and is an ideal starting point if you are working towards a degree. The certificate’s aims are to:

  • contribute to improved practice in health and social care of adults and older adults
  • enhance knowledge and understanding of health and social care across a wide range of settings and situations
  • encourage constructive reflection on care relationships
  • encourage constructive contributions to debates about care policy for adults and older adults
  • supply the knowledge base for progression to recognised qualifications in health and social care
  • provide a learning framework that will equip you with the study skills necessary to succeed at degree-level study.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Associate Lecturers support you throughout your study and are recruited both for their skills in supported open learning and knowledge of the field.

Through the use of written and audio/visual case studies, you will use analytic models to evaluate and discuss how practice can be improved. Assignments will provide opportunities to demonstrate the use of statistics and other evidence, and to draw on a range of sources in constructing an argument.

There will be a range of assessments that will include the assessment of information literacy skills.

You will be introduced to a range of theoretical tools with which to understand and analyse the provision of health and social care, and to evaluate care services and current practice.

You will be introduced concepts such as ‘risk and vulnerability’ and will demonstrate your ability to apply your understanding through online discussion and written assessment.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 2 years
  • Full time – 1 year
  • Time limit – 4 years

Career impact

This certificate was developed in consultation with employers in health and social care to ensure that it develops the key skills and knowledge base needed to work in the sector. It also draws on the latest research and the experience of practising professionals.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated September 28, 2017
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This course is Online
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1 - 4 years
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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