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University of Gloucestershire

Health and Social Care CertHE

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Full Time
Course length
9 Months
City Campus, Gloucester

Course overview

This course will provide you with a valuable foundation year by developing your understanding of the health and social care professions, academic confidence and ability. The course also guarantees an interview for entry to professional Health and Social Care degrees at University of Gloucestershire.

If you’re looking for an exhilarating and rewarding career at the frontline of health and social care, we’ll equip you with the knowledge and experience you need to be successful. You’ll gain experience and knowledge in contemporary health and social care contexts, all preparing for your future professional career in a dynamic, in-demand role.

If you’re already employed, this course will allow you to continue to earn while you study, as it’s a day-release programme. You’ll gain the confidence, essential academic theory and practical abilities for a career in health and social care settings – giving you the opportunity to progress onto a relevant full (3 year) degree with us. You’ll be guaranteed an interview for our Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Operating Departmental Practice or Social Work programmes, and we’ll fully support you in creating your application and preparing for the interview.

The course is taught over two semesters and is based at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester – alongside our Social Work, Nursing and Paramedic Science courses. Here you’ll have access to specialist facilities, including the simulated hospital ward and a bungalow where we simulate health and social care scenarios. You’ll be taught by accomplished and accredited lecturers with extensive knowledge of the health and social care field.

Our curriculum includes a mix of active learning in the classroom, online and through Interactive Skills Development Days. Skills Development Days will offer you the opportunity to apply theory to practice in a safe and supportive environment – reflecting on what you do with experienced professionals in real-world settings.

It’s planned that this course will be taught at UoG’s new campus in Gloucester city centre from September 2025.

The vibrant campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships, through placements, research and outreach activity, and provide cutting-edge facilities for your course.

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Entry requirements

    • 48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2024 City Campus, Gloucester L516 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 City Campus, Gloucester L516 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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State-of-the-art facilities

Our simulated hospital ward lets you put your learning to the test and practise your skills in an authentic environment.

Step towards your professional studies

This course is designed as a potential route into our professional healthcare (3 year) degrees for students who do not currently meet the entry criteria for these courses.

Make a difference

If you want to work with people and you have strong values about putting people first, this course can help you choose your ideal health and social care profession.


You’ll build your knowledge and care experience on placement – applying theory to practice, and reflecting on what you do with experienced professionals in real-world settings.

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