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Awards & professional qualifications

There is an increasing emphasis in health and social care related employment on continuing professional development (CPD) and the need for lifelong learning. The Faculty of Health & Social Care is ideally placed to help you keep up with these demands. We offer a range of professional qualifications and academic awards to meet your needs at particular stages of career development and educational achievement. Examples of study pathways show how our courses can help people working in health and social care.

If you are a qualified or experienced practitioner looking for an opportunity to update your knowledge and skills in a particular area, one of our CPD certificates may offer what you are looking for (see the full list of certificates, diplomas, foundation degrees and degrees that we offer).

Some of our courses and awards can also help you to gain entry to or membership of professional bodies, or may exempt you from academic requirements of those bodies.

We offer a growing range of professional qualifications for health and social care staff. Practical and convenient, they combine selected OU courses with practice learning – often in your own workplace. There are separate registration arrangements for these qualifications, and for several you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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The links below will lead you to full descriptions of our courses and awards (our glossary will help with any terms that are unfamiliar to you). If you prefer, you can order a printed prospectus. You will also find skilled support teams available at our Regional Centres to help with any questions you may have.


Social Care


Social Work

Children and Young People

Youth Justice

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