Certificate of Higher Education in Care

  • HND Health & Social
  • HND Health & Social
  • HND Health & Social

If you lack formal qualifications but have the drive and passion to succeed in University and work toward your career goals in health, social care or working with children, this course is a pathway onto the degree that will help you achieve your dreams.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 156S
Course Length:
One Year. Full time (two days a week) and part time (one day a week) available

Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Business and Management
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This unique programme is designed as a ‘feeder’ into any one of the Health Portfolio degree programmes. We will support and develop your knowledge and ability in the core concepts, theories and underpinning knowledge of health and social care, as well as the skills and rigour needed to achieve in higher education.

The Cert Care is offered as a ONE YEAR flexible route qualification. This means you are able to pass this course then begin the first year of the BSc or Dip HE of your choice (either in Health and Social Care, Health Management, Health and Care of Children and Young People or Nursing).

First Year

  • Personal and Academic Development (PAD)
  • Communication
  • Introduction to Health and Social Care
  • Integrating Project
  • Workplace Practice
  • Introduction to Research

We know that you do not want to give up on your goals – and we are here to work with you to reach them, no matter what barriers you may have had in your way.

We offer flexible programmes which work around you and your life as much as possible. All our courses are offered as FULL or PART time programmes. We offer flexibility within all our part-time routes across all our programmes within the Health Portfolio.

  • Karen Burton
  • Donna Morgan

Due to the nature of the course there are no requirements needed to apply – we take applicants no matter what your age, academic background, employment experience or support need.

We have a very strong employment support and work experience system within the Health Portfolio. We work with three health boards as well as a variety of public and private organisations, companies and charities in the Health Sector within West Wales to build opportunities for all our students. 

Every student who passes this course will be given a first choice place on the degree programme of their choice within the Health Portfolio. You may also be able to use this as entry onto other courses offered within SHOE and FBAM.

This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods.

The opportunity to take on public or voluntary sector work experience is a key theme throughout all our programmes. We will work with you to find the placement which suits your future goals. We have links with three health boards in Wales, as well as a variety of health organisations and charities.

We are proud of our strong student support and study skills development programme. We will also equip you with wider skills such as interview skills, mentoring and life coaching skills within the first year.

The Health Portfolio boasts a high rate of further progression.