PgCert Health and Social Care

If you’re a healthcare professional looking for flexible postgraduate study that fits in with your busy working schedule, our Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Care could give you the opportunity to learn more about your specific areas of interest in bite-size amounts.

Health and Social Care

Key information



Mode of Study:



1 year


The University of Bolton

Start date:

25/01/2021, 20/09/2021

Course Details

This course is designed to help you identify and lead your own professional development within your health or social care career. The modular structure of our Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Care allows you to personalise the programme to your specific interests, working on a module-by-module basis for maximum flexibility. You’ll study one compulsory module that is focused on developing analytical skills for professional practice, and move on to modules of your choosing in areas like safeguarding, clinical diagnostics and dementia care.

Studying the theory of your chosen subjects, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a broader awareness of current issues within health and social care practice; researching themes in depth, developing evidence-based concepts, and working in our advanced Clinical Simulation Suite. Alongside your core studies, you’ll also be able to focus on developing transferable skills such as problem solving, leadership and teamwork, and build your abilities in information and communication technology.

The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy your work. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to help you advance your career in health and social care.

  • The part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Care is a modular course, allowing for flexibility of study to fit around your commitments.
  • You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art Bolton One facility, where you can get hands-on experience in the specialist Clinical Simulation Suite.
  • We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change. Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression strand of Agenda for Change.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from the programme’s strong strategic partnerships with local NHS and social care organisations.
  • You’ll also be entitled to free study skills sessions.
  • On successful completion of this course you’ll be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Care.
Key Features
  • Our dedicated academic team have a wealth of experience working in NHS settings and are engaged in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • We’ve been offering high-quality courses, specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector, for over 30 years.
  • As you study this course, you will be encouraged to develop employability skills, values and behaviours, such as the 6C’s, action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect and commitment to quality.
  • Practice based learning is integral to the programme and we’ll encourage you to draw on your practice placement experience to help you apply theory to practice and consolidate your learning.
  • The course is designed to provide you with the key transferable knowledge and skills required to work across both acute and community care.
Professional recognition

  • You’ll be required to attend an interview with the admissions tutor. This will allow us to explore your prior learning and establish where you may start on the programme.
  • As a modular degree based on continuing professional development, it’s essential that your prior experience and learning is considered when deciding on any advanced standing to which you may be entitled. This may be based on qualifications already gained through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), or it may be based on making a claim for significant work experience known as Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). This process of granting an applicant appropriate advanced standing will be overseen by the Health Pathway Admissions team and RPL Panel.
  • Normally, you’re expected to have successfully completed an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and have appropriate work experience. If you have a relevant professional qualification and/or substantial experience in a relevant field of practice, then we’ll be happy to consider your application.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • Professionals/practitioners often find it difficult to attend open days. Therefore, if you wish us to visit your service/trust please contact the programme leader to discuss.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Care examines health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues. There is a growing demand for health and social care workers who are not restricted by boundaries and can work flexibly to accommodate the increasingly complex health and social care needs of individuals, families and communities.

This course aims to develop your analytical and critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, IT skills, research and data analysis skills, as well as enhance your ability to work independently and in a team, improve your leadership and management skills, and give you the confidence to progress your career into more challenging senior roles.

What can I do with this qualification?

Successful completion of this Postgraduate Certificate will provide you with a platform to explore working in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings including local authority or multi-agency teams, health promotion projects, refugee and asylum services, hospitals, sheltered accommodation, hospices and day centres and residential care units.

In addition, graduates with a health and social care background are also in a good position to be considered for careers in health education and promotion, welfare, health research, community mental health, and commissioning and care management services. Graduates may seek roles as service managers and senior coordinators, in advocacy, education and training, working with a range of people in services across the age spectrum and addressing a diverse range of health and social care needs.

You may also have the option of continuing your studies and working towards the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Health and Social Care.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Probation work
  • Substance misuse
  • Victim Support
  • Youth work
  • Social housing
  • Learning support
  • Counselling
  • Mental health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community education
  • Teaching and training
  • Journalism
  • Dietetics
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Social work
  • Physiotherapy
  • Day centre management
  • Prisons
  • Local authority advice
  • Policy research

Course fees

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.


Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

We use a variety of teaching methods to ensure you receive the broadest of opportunities to fulfil your potential. In lectures, you’ll be introduced to the programme’s core content, which we’ll build on in seminars. You’ll have the chance to participate in group discussions and small group workshops, as well as one-on-one and group tutorials. To develop your practical awareness and skills, you’ll be able to observe simulations performed by tutors and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in practice-based exercises.

Independent study is a key component of this course. You’ll have access to eLearning packages via our virtual learning environment Moodle, and will be expected to undertake background reading and preparation for lessons and exams.

As well sitting traditional and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, you’ll be assessed through essays, reports, presentations, portfolio, and set multiple choice exercises. This combination is designed to ensure you’re meeting the learning outcomes of each module.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Child Care Law in Practice
  • Clinical Examination Skills
  • Critical Evaluation Evidence and Practice
  • Principles for Community Public Health Practice
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Multi-professional Support of Learning and Assessment in Practice 15 week taught
  • Multi-professional Support of Learning and Assessment in Practice 15 week on line
  • Managing Risk and Root Cause Analysis
  • Negotiated Studies
  • Developing a Culture of Compassionate Care
  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Contemporary Approaches to Dementia Care
  • Child Protection Supervision
  • General Practice Nursing Foundation Module
  • Transition and Embedding Professional Nursing Practice
  • Developing critical analytical skills for professional practice
  • Professionalism in Context
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Child Public Health
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Developing Child and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Multidisciplinary End of Life Care
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Biological Basis of Diseases
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Russell Gurbutt
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903707

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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