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Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

PG Certificate
Duration: Up to 5 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies
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This award enables healthcare professionals to create an individualised programme of study from the interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies that will meet either their needs and /or their employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

It is designed for people who do not wish to undertake a defined programme or award, but who might like to study one module at a time (maximum of 5 years part time) building academic credit at their own pace, building up enough credit for one of the generic awards in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma or MSc level.

The Programme Leader or an academic adviser from the Faculty will discuss with the student and support their choices of modules before they start studying and during the programme of study.

The programme is intended to:

  • Provide a flexible educational framework that is vocationally relevant, within which the curriculum, where required, meets the regulatory needs of professional bodies and the professional development needs of the student, as well as the organisational needs of employers
  • Develop the students’ cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis and complex problem solving
  • Develop critically reflective, competent practitioners, managers and leaders who will inform and shape or change inclusive, fair and ethically sensitive service provision

Students engage with learning through a range of teaching methods depending on the modules studied, however, student centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules across the Faculty of Health thereby enabling all students to access the curriculum and meet the diversity agenda. Module delivery methods may include block or study day attendance, distance learning, blended learning or residential attendance and during study planning students will be advised of the delivery methods utilised for each module.

Why Bradford?

The Faculty of Health Studies is a major provider of education and training for individuals working within the health, social, independent and community / voluntary sector organisations across the Yorkshire and Humber Region and wider.

The core work of the Faculty is the focus on health and wellbeing and developing professionals who can work within multidisciplinary teams, work across care sectors and different types of organisations using clinical, educational, research or management and leadership skills to improve practice, services or improve organisations and their cultures and influence change.

Modules from across the Framework offer these opportunities; the core research modules are taught by a multidisciplinary team with a range of different professional backgrounds and experiences. This combined focus enables our education provision to have a sustainable component in terms of the future careers of our students and the sustainability of services by maintaining and improving provision for local communities.

Modules are taught in interdisciplinary groups by a range of lecturers from across the Faculty. A number of staff from the Faculty are clinical experts in their field or are actively involved in research across a range of different settings, including some who have an international as well as national reputation for their work, such as the members of the School of Dementia Studies and the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity. Students’ are enabled to meet module aims and learning outcomes by applying the knowledge and principles being taught into their own employment or professional area.

The flexibility offered by the Faculty of Health’s Framework enables students to take forward their current experience whatever the area of their work in collaboration with the University of Bradford. Students can obtain credits for short episodes of study, gain recognition for prior learning, undertake a single module or combine studying a choice of modules over time. The Programme Leader or an academic adviser from the Faculty will discuss with the student and support their choices of modules before they start studying and during the programme of study.

The Faculty’s focus on excellence though knowledge, practice, research, leadership and management aims to support the future sustainability of individuals, through lifelong learning and improved employability and thereby influencing the future adaptability of individual organisations and service delivery to promote change.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

  • A first degree in a relevant subject area, NVQ level 6 or equivalent or a relevant postgraduate qualification
  • A registered qualification with a UK professional regulatory organisation if a professional practice award is applied for that enables the student to practice in the UK. E.g. Registration with the NMC to undertake a named nursing award or registration with the HCPC to undertake a named Radiography or Physiotherapy award

Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant experience. The University welcomes applications from all potential students and most important in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme. Consideration of applications will be based on a combination of formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.

English language requirements:

Students for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The modules and programmes nested within the Framework offer students a wide range of delivery options E.g. simulated learning, group work, problem based learning, the capacity to acknowledge and build upon the previous knowledge and skills acquired through previous learning experiences including those in the work place.

This enables students to develop a full range of skills and competences appropriate to their work or professional field enabling them to function more effectively in the workplace.

Assessment Strategy

Learning will be assessed against the Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes by the use of a variety of assessment techniques, offering opportunities for students to select modules which not only meet their identified learning needs but also their learning style and choice of assessment. Assessment options may include one or more of the following:

  • Written essay
  • Reflective case study
  • Reflective portfolio
  • Completion of a set number of competencies
  • Practical examination (OSC(E/P)
  • Computer based Multiple Choice Question Examination
  • Computer based open book exam
  • Seminar presentation
  • Written project report
  • Completion of a Dissertation/Final stage project

Career support and prospects

Career support

The nature of health and social care is such that it is ever changing and with it the workforce needs to be adaptable and flexible. This programme facilitates students’ continuing professional development whether they are working in the third sector or working in the mainstream health service.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

See the Fees and Financial Support website for 2018/19 module fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.