Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

Is this course right for me?

The Certificate of HE in Healthcare Practice is aimed at HealthCare Support Workers who are working within the NHS or an alternative clinically approved employer.

The majority of students will be seconded from Betsi Cadwaladr University Heath Board (BCUHB) to study at Level 4 on this programme.

Students will need to undertake substantial practical learning and competency alongside the programme to align with NMC Standards.

This programme looks to up-skill existing healthcare staff employed to enable progression to Band 4 roles or Assistant Practitioner status.  The programme is also fully mapped against the first year of the BN (Hons) Nursing Degree.

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Additional information

More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Fees

Visit the Financial Support and Finance page for more information.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work based learning (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Additional Costs

During the programme there may be additional costs that are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. This could include DBS requirement, childcare costs, travel associated with attending the programme and work experience, outside visits, field trips, suitable clothing for work / placement, additional printing above allowance (this could be associated with dissertation and binding requirements), memory sticks, other stationery related costs and graduation ceremony.

Start date

September or January

Entry requirements:

  • NVQ/QCF Level 3 in Health or Health and Social Care (or equivalent and relevant Level 3 qualification)
  • Candidates who do not possess the above will be considered on an individual basis, but must demonstrate evidence of the ability to study successfully at Level 4.
  • Individuals must be in employment in a relevant field of practice, meeting 767 clinical practice hours over the duration of the course, that enables the work based learning component (PAD) of the Award to be fulfilled.
  • Agreement from employer (usually BCUHB) to support the applicant during the Award and ensure, in collaboration with the college support whilst undertaking work based learning. This is to include a provision of a Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor.

Delivery:

The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures 
  • Workshops and practical work 
  • Tutorials 
  • Employment based modules 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Student centred learning 
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)

Timetable

Part time 1 year: one day per week (9am-5pm).

90 credits to be studied with the academic year and the remaining 30 credits aligning to the Practice Assessment Document are to be completed before the end of August/January as appropriate for each intake.

Contact:

Jacquie Don (Programme Leader): don1j@gllm.ac.uk

Celine Rea (Administration): rea1c@gllm.ac.uk

Assessment:

The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Individual portfolios 
  • Individual assignment 
  • Individual essays 
  • Reports 
  • Individual presentations 
  • Reflective journal 
  • Action plan 
  • Actual or simulated work-based exercises
  • Examination

Feedback

Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.

Progression:

Graduates from the Cert HE HCP who are employed by BCUHB can apply to progress onto the part time Nursing degree (entry to Level 5) at Bangor University.  Students can alternatively apply to RPL onto the full time Nursing Degree at Bangor University.

The Cert HE HCP is currently a requirement for all BCUHB staff to be considered for Band 4 roles so many graduates stay with BCUHB as their employer but progress to Band 4 employment. 

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    The Certificate of HE in Healthcare Practice is aimed at HealthCare Support Workers who are working within the NHS or an alternative clinically approved employer.

    The majority of students will be seconded from Betsi Cadwaladr University Heath Board (BCUHB) to study at Level 4 on this programme.

    Students will need to undertake substantial practical learning and competency alongside the programme to align with NMC Standards.

    This programme looks to up-skill existing healthcare staff employed to enable progression to Band 4 roles or Assistant Practitioner status. The programme is also fully mapped against the first year of the BN (Hons) Nursing Degree.

    For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact 70% independent student learning.

    Modules:

    Study Skills (Core, 10 credits)

    This module aims to develop the study skills of the learners, enabling the production of sound academic writing, the introduction of critical thought and basic research skills. It will enable students to develop skills in academic writing, the use of academic conventions, information research, reflection and the management and organisation of their work. (50% annotated reference list, 50% written reflection) 

    Developing the Professional Practitioner (Core, 20 credits)

    This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of modern, professional, health care practice and what it means to become an accountable professional. (50% essay, 50% case study)

    Developing Core Skills for Health Care (Core, 20 credits)

    This module aims to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding in assessing, planning, evaluating, and implementing fundamental aspects of holistic, person centred care, with a particular focus on teamwork and developing leadership styles and skills. (50% group simulation and individual care plan, 50% extended study)

    Caring for People (Core, 20 credits)

    This module aims to develop the practitioner's understanding of holistic, person centred, individualised care through increasing knowledge of physiology and body systems, and how to plan care in a safe and therapeutic manner. (50% essay, 50% examination, Drug calculation exam)

    Promoting Health and Person Centred Practice (Core, 20 credits)

    This module aims to develop skills and understanding around the importance of health promotion interventions, promoting health, and putting the person at the centre of all care decisions. (50% academic poster, 50% presentation)

    Practice Assessment Document Portfolio (Core, 30 credits)

    Part one of the Practice Assessment focuses on Guided participation in Care and incorporates the level appropriate elements from the following requirements: 

    United Kingdom Nursing and Midwifery Council Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018a) require registrants to have the confidence and ability to think critically, apply knowledge and skills, and provide expert, evidence based, direct nursing care across health care settings.  Registered nurses must be able to meet the person-centred, holistic care needs of the people they encounter in their practice who may be at any stage of life and who may have a range of mental, physical, cognitive or behavioural health challenges. (Practice Assessment Document, In point assessment in practice, Reflection)