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Cert HE Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

The Cert HE Professional Practice in Health and Social Care is the first year (level 4) of the Foundation Degree and is designed for adults wanting to progress towards a professional degree within the health and social care sector. It has been designed in response to the rapidly changing workforce demands and policy initiatives aimed at modernising services and improving quality, productivity and efficiency. It covers both the academic and work-based competencies that are relevant to a multitude of roles within health and social care settings.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 4

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    1 Year

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    Sheffield Hallam University

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  • Work Based Learning 1: Academic and Practice
  • Reflective and Personal Development Skills
  • Essential Sciences for Person-centred Care
  • Integrated Holistic Assessment and Delivery of Health and Social Care Interventions

The evidence for the work-based learning module will be sought from a suitable health, social or community role, from either existing employment or a work placement. Students are required to evidence 200 placement hours to pass the programme.

The course is assessed through essays, presentations, interviews and practice assessment. Assessment methods are subject to change dependent on the validating partner.

48 UCAS points from one of the following:

Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course

A Levels, AS Levels, CACHE qualifications, BTEC Diplomas, T Levels and other Level 3 qualifications will be considered with related work experience


Normally GCSE English Language or English Literature and mathematics at grade C or above or equivalents (please see below)

GCSE English and mathematics equivalents

Level 2 Adult Numeracy /Literacy

Level 2 Key Skills /Application of Number

Equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Personal qualities
You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carer.

After completion of Year 1 and a successful UCAS Application, the course has been designed to enable you to step-off and start Year 1 of a professional degree programmes within health and social care practice, such as (but not limited to):

  • Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health)
  • Midwifery
  • Allied Health Professions
  • Social Work

In addition, you could progress onto Year 2 of the Foundation Degree at Doncaster University Campus.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees


Full Time – £7940.00

Additional Costs

Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Trips and enhancement opportunities
  • Scrub top for practical sessions

If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

  • Course code: L100
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474