Certificate of HE in Healthcare Practice

Key Details

  • Available at:
  • Course type:
    Degrees (Higher Education)
  • Study Mode:
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Health, Social Care and Childcare
  • Course Length:

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

  • Awarding Body:
    Bangor University
  • Bilingual:

    Depending on the campus, students may be able to access elements of the programme in both English and Welsh through some programme learning materials being made available bilingually.

    Details will be provided to you at interview.

Course Description

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.

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.

Students will be working in a substantial and permanent healthcare role. Students will need to be able to identify appropriate staff within their workplace to act as a Practice Assessor and a Practice Supervisor for the whole duration of the course. For more information on these roles and the criteria required to act as practice supervisor or assessor please click here and review pages 2 – 10 particularly

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.

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.


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.

Starting Date:

September, January

Entry Criteria

  • Candidates employed by BCUHB require a Diploma/NVQ Level 3 in Healthcare Support, or equivalent. Candidates who are not employed by BCUHB will be considered on an individual basis, but must demonstrate previous successful study at L3 or evidence of the ability to study successfully at Level 4 at the time of selection.
  • 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.

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Case Study
  • Presentation
  • Academic poster
  • Exam
  • Portfolio
  • Essay
  • Extended study
  • Care plan
  • Group simulation
  • Reflection
  • Annotated reference list


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


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.


Graduates are eligible to apply for progression onto the second year (Level 5) of BN (Hons) Nursing Degree at various HEIs. For example, recognition for Prior Certified Learning/Advanced Standing is already in place for Bangor University and Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice may also allow graduates to apply for Band

4 roles or Assistant Practitioner status within NHS health boards and other healthcare employers.

Would you like to apply for this course?

Part Time

The application system is currently closed. For further information, please contact the college.

Awarding Body