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Postgraduate course

Professional Health and Social Care CPD modules, PGCert and MSc

Our course lets you continue your professional development, gaining new skills and improving your practice.

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The flexible structure of our course means you can start by taking individual CPD (continuing professional development) modules. As you progress, you can choose to take additional modules to gain either a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Master of Science (MSc) in the subject. This lets you focus on the areas you want to develop, or take all of the modules and gain a recognised qualification.

York campus

  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject

Course Fees

Course overview

Our modules cover a range of topics in the field of professional health and social care. They focus on service delivery and the experience of the user or patient. Your experience will aid the development of your theoretical knowledge that you can then apply to particular areas of your practice. 

On each module we will encourage you to reflect on your professional practice so you can evaluate and continually improve how you work. We will help you understand complex health and social care issues you may not have come across, and deepen your understanding of familiar topics. 

You can choose to study individual modules and specialist pathways that will aid your career progression. Alternatively, you can study them all as part of our MSc course to gain a comprehensive understanding of Professional Health and Social Care.

The Postgraduate Certificates available include: 

  • Health Coaching and Behaviour Change
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice
  • Innovation and Leadership in Health & Social Care
  • Resilience and Leadership in Health & Social Care.

Course structure

How you will study

CPD modules

Many of our modules can be taken as individual CPD courses. These include: 

Semester 1 

  • Evaluating Evidence and Effecting Change 
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care - Service Innovation and Transformation
  • Research Methods 

Semester 2 

  • Health Coaching and Behaviour Change 
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care - Workplace Stress and Resilience 
  • Neuro-musculoskeletal Injection Therapy (semester TBC) 

Once you complete a module, you will receive a university transcript. If you wish to continue your studies, you can talk to your tutor about progressing onto our PGCert or MSc course. 

PGCert 

Usually completed part time in 1 year, you will gain a PG Cert when you complete 2 modules, as listed below.

1 of these modules must include Evaluating Evidence and Effecting Change. For the second you can choose from: 

  • Leadership in Health and Social Care - Service Innovation and Transformation
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care - Workplace Stress & Resilience
  • Health Coaching and Behaviour Change

The Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice PG Cert comprises of a single 60 credit module called Neuro-musculoskeletal Injection Therapy.

Modules

Credits: 30

Compulsory for PGCert and MSc 

This module can be taken as an individual CPD module, or as part of a PGCert or MSc qualifications. On this module you will critically engage with the contemporary understanding of evidence based practice. By understanding this, you will be able to improve the application of evidence to your professional practice.

Use the link below to read further information about the module and apply to study is as an individual CPD course. 

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Credits: 30

Optional module

This module can be taken as an individual CPD module, or as part of a PGCert or MSc qualifications. This module is your opportunity to explore leadership research and practice within Health and Social Care. If you work in a health and social care setting and want to develop your leadership knowledge and practical experience, this module is for you. You will do this by studying relevant multi-professional research. 

Use the link below to read further information about the module and apply to study is as an individual CPD course.

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Credits: 30

Optional module

This module can be taken as an individual CPD module, or as part of a PGCert or MSc qualifications. This module is an opportunity for you to explore stress and resilience within Health and Social Care. You will focus on the key concepts of stress and resilience and organisation culture. You will consider how managers contribute not only to wellbeing, but also counterproductive behaviours and conflict, toxic leadership and bullying in the workplace.

Use the link below to read further information about the module and apply to study is as an individual CPD course.

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Credits: 30

Optional module

This module can be taken as an individual CPD module, or as part of a PGCert or MSc qualifications. Health and Social Care is experiencing a significant shift towards enabling service-users to take more responsibility for the design and implementation of treatment programmes. On this module we will introduce you to the theory and practice of Health Coaching. You will critically evaluate its application in the context of long-term conditions. 

Use the link below to read further information about the module and apply to study is as an individual CPD course.

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Credits: 60

Optional module

This module can be taken as an individual CPD module, or as part of a PGCert or MSc qualifications. Injection therapy plays a significant role in advanced Musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice and is used by other healthcare professionals across different specialist clinical areas.

It enables clinicians to deliver more efficient and seamless patient care, which is in line with current NHS policy to develop first contact practitioner provision and advanced practice roles across the NHS. The advanced clinical skills taught on this module will enhance practitioner’s ability to support these developments.

Use the link below to read further information about the module and apply to study is as an individual CPD course.

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Credits: 30

Compulsory for MSc 

On this module you will become informed consumers and producers of research. You will explore different approaches to knowledge construction and examine various research paradigms, their approaches to enquiry and their underlying assumptions.

Use the link below to read further information about the module and apply to study is as an individual CPD course.

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Credits: 60

Compulsory for MSc

This course is not available as an individual module and is only studied as part of the MSc qualification. You will produce a piece of publishable research. This piece of work will address a research question of significance in an area that interests you and is relevant to your clinical practice. You will use your knowledge from other modules to identify and answer a specific research question. 

MSc 

If you choose, you can progress onto an MSc instead of leaving with a PGCert. These are usually completed part time over 3 years, but you can choose to complete it in 1 or 2 years if you prefer. The Professional Health and Social Care MSc requires you to study the following modules: 

  • Evaluating Evidence and Effecting Change 
  • 2 of our specialist modules. Choose from: 
    • Leadership in Health and Social Care - Service Innovation and Transformation
    • Leadership in Health and Social Care - Workplace Stress & Resilience
    • Health Coaching and Behaviour Change
    • Neuro-musculoskeletal Injection Therapy (TBC)
  • Research Methods 
  • A 60 credit Research Paper module.

Teaching and assessment

Discussion between you and your tutors about contemporary subject material allows you to develop a valuable understanding of the course content. This will help you to evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the subject area and critique the methodologies used to produce knowledge. 

The assessment of these modules and qualifications are linked to the use of evidence and research applied to your practice. You can find out about the assessments for each module on our dedicated modules page. These can be accessed on our course structure tab. 

For courses starting in September 2020, all semester 1 modules will be delivered online using Microsoft Teams. You will also be able to interact with your peers on Moodle, our virtual learning environment. At the moment, we expect this to be the case for semester 2 (January to June) and summer 2021 modules too.  However, we will make announcements on this nearer the time, depending on the continued impact of covid-19.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject

Qualifications

Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in health or social care.

If your undergraduate degree is not in a related discipline but you have relevant experience working in health and social care, your application will be considered. 

Experience

You will also need to have post-qualifying experience, be employed or have access to an appropriate work-related health or social care provider service.

APEL Policy

If you cannot meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

Individual CPD Module fees and funding

The tuition fee for each CPD module is £1,083. 

Some of these modules can be fully funded by Humber, Coast and Vale. You can find out which modules are eligible, and how to apply using the link below. 

How to apply for Humber, Coast and Vale funding

All of these modules are available for self-funded places at the above price. 

PG Cert fees and funding  

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £2,167.

This includes the cost of 2, 30 credit modules. 

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Some of our PG Cert courses can be funded by Humber, Coast and Vale. You can find out which modules are eligible, and how to apply using the link below.

How to apply for Humber, Coast and Vale funding

MSc fees and funding 

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full time study. 

If you choose to study part time, the full fee of £6,500 will be paid pro rata. 

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

The deadline for applying for these courses is 18 September 2020.

Professional Health and Social Care MSc 

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Health Coaching and Behaviour Change PGCert 

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Innovation and Leadership in Health and Social Care PGCert 

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Resilience and Leadership in Health and Social Care PGCert 

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