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University of Bolton
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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 Diploma 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 two compulsory modules, starting with a unit focused on developing analytical skills for professional practice, and move on to modules of your choosing.
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. You'll research themes in-depth, develop evidence-based concepts and have the opportunity to work in our advanced Clinical Simulation Suites. 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 aims 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.
Please contact the programme leader for an up-to-date list of option modules and to discuss how this course can help you achieve your professional development goals.
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.
The University of Bolton's Postgraduate Diploma 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. It's also designed to 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.
Successful completion of this Postgraduate Diploma 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.
Graduates with a health and social care background are also in a good position to seek 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 completing your master’s level dissertation to achieve the award of MSc Health and Social Care.
Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone for entry into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for 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.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
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 as 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 programme comprises 120 credits at level HE7. The two core modules are 20 credits each. The remaining 80 credits at level HE7 are achieved by the successful completion of option modules (normally 4 x 20 credits) from a range available and in consultation and agreement with the programme leader.
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.
|Level one||Coursework 100%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%|
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.
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