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Nursing Studies and Health (DipHE, CertHE)

Health and Care is changing in these unprecedented times. It has never been more important for the right people to get into the right jobs in the sector.

If you have the passion and drive to get into Nursing, Paramedic Science, Midwifery or any area of health training but need help with gaining the right qualifications and experience, this course is for you.

Our unique portfolio of programmes are designed to offer flexible learning for flexible lives and work around you and your work and care commitments. We live stream, record and upload all sessions as well as hold educational support sessions outside of the usual 9 – 5pm working day. All of course are also available as part time options.

We work with external organisations to provide opportunities for you to access maths qualifications. We also offer all modules through the medium of Welsh.

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Speak Welsh? 40 credits of this course are available through the medium of Welsh.


Pathway Options

Nursing Studies and Health - CertHE (1 year) SWANSEA
UCAS code - 852M
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Nursing Studies and Health - CertHE (1 year) CARMARTHEN
UCAS code – 852M
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Nursing Studies and Health - DipHE (2 years) SWANSEA
UCAS code – PS12
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Nursing Studies and Health - DipHE (2 years) CARMARTHEN
UCAS code – PS12
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. We offer a blended learning approach so you can work, care for your loved ones and fit university into your life.
  2. We are committed to supporting you into the job and career you want.
  3. We provide additional support to help you develop and progress, including a level 2 maths qualification and studying in the medium of Welsh.
  4. We have links with the Industry and Local Health Boards to enable you to gain experience in your chosen area of the health and social care field.
  5. We value the skills and experience you already hold when making your offer.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The course provides a theoretical underpinning to nursing research and studies, as well as training in higher educational skills and techniques. We also offer interview practice and access to current key organisations and people within the health sector. We also provide a high level of academic support across the whole university to help strengthen your academic skills.

We work closely with colleagues the health and educational sector to ensure this programme is sector ready.

We also offer a FREE GCSE maths qualification as part of the course. All modules are available to be taught in the medium of Welsh.

You are encouraged to apply for your first choice health degree while you study with us. If you choose to stay with us after passing your first year, you are given an unconditional offer for the second year for all courses in the health portfolio. These are:

Once passing the second year, you can then ‘top up’ to a full degree in any of our BSc programmes.

Module Topics

In the first year, you will study academic skills, health research, communication techniques, organisational processes and anatomy and physiology.

In the second year we take a more specialised approach and look in depth into the areas of nursing and the role of public health prevention and promotion. You will also learn more about anatomy and physiology.


Assessments include; essays, exams, reports, presentations, reflective blogs and professional portfolios.

You will be asked to utilise information technology communication and organisational skills for your assignments.

Modules nursing

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Health Portfolio at UWTSD

Swansea Business Campus

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This programme is for applicants who hold either a level 2 or 3 qualification. However, due to the range of pathways available within the health portfolio each applicant is be considered individually on merit. This means we are able to take your life and work experience or current job role into account.

We recommend making clear in your personal statement:

  • If you have or need a GCSE maths qualification (or equivalent)
  • If you are a Welsh speaker
  • Any industry related work or employment experience
  • Any family based care or support experience
  • The type of healthcare role you aspire to.
Career Opportunities

We have a very strong employment support and work experience system within the Health Portfolio. We have partnered with a highly regarded Nursing Agency to provide opportunities for paid and volunteer roles within health and care. We also work closely with local health boards and universities to ensure you never miss a chance to get the place you want.

This course has a particularly high rate of higher educational progression, with around 75% of our first-year students progressing onto their first choice degree. These include general adult nursing, paediatric nursing, paramedic science, midwifery and occupational therapy across the UK.

Additional Costs

You are encouraged to continue or enter employment in the health, care or support sectors in order to enhance your studies. We recommend that you pay for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update option if you do not already have one in place. This however is not compulsory for the purposes of the programme.

Student Quotes

“This course has helped me to reach my future educational goals and I’m hoping that by completing the second year of this course it will give me the opportunity to get my place on my degree. It’s been a brilliant experience.”

Natasha Phillips

“It has helped me achieve the grades needed to begin my nursing degree. I thoroughly enjoyed counselling, anatomy and the opportunity to do workplace practice. If you sincerely want to achieve your desired goals then this course will be suffice to push you further.”

Sharde Dovaston

“A brilliant course with the best group of lecturers who are all friendly, approachable, supportive and extremely intelligent and knowledgeable. I would not be in the position I am now, starting my degree in September, without this course. I enjoyed all aspects, with my favourite modules being leadership and organisation, communication and counselling and physiology/anatomy.”

Eleise Evans

“Thank you to my lectures and staff they were always very approachable and supportive. I have met fantastic people and made great friends through my time at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. “

Eva Castro Jara

“I’ve really enjoyed this course, it really made me understand more about myself and others around me.”

Kirsty Briscoe


Sally Gordon

“This course will lead to more opportunity and knowledge for your future.”

Sophie Webb

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