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Social Care Learning Hub

Supporting professional development in social care services in Wales

Are you working in social care and thinking about social care or social work as a career? The Open University has a range of introductory programmes and accredited courses to help you on your way.

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales)

The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 makes provision for recognising and extending social care support roles and ensuring social care practitioners are appropriately equipped and qualified to carry out their role. The OU’s Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales) is the first qualification selected by Social Care Wales to meet these Social Services Practitioner Requirements.

The Certificate explores ideas about social care and social work – using case studies with children, older people, mental-health communities, children with disabilities and people with learning disabilities to apply learning to practice contexts. You’ll also build key skills in information and communication technologies, digital and information literacy and reflective writing.

Career relevance and employability

A nationally recognised qualification in its own right, this certificate of higher education is also equivalent to the first third of an honours degree. As well as helping you to decide whether this area of work and study is for you, or equipping you for your current role in social care, the certificate can help you progress to further professional or academic study:

BA (Honours) Social Work (Wales) - you must apply and be selected to gain a place on this degree

BA (Honours) Health and Social Care – you can study this degree without going through a selection process

Not quite ready for higher education?

OU Access Programme

If you’re not quite ready to sign up for the Certificate, the OU Access programme can help you take your first steps into OU study. Access modules are primarily intended for people who have no previous experience of higher education. Each module gives students a chance to try out distance learning, build their confidence, develop study skills and provides a taste of a particular subject, and you may be entitled to a bursary to undertake the course for free.

The OU Social Care Learning Outreach Programmes  

Alternatively, our five week ‘Succeed with Learning’ programme introduces you to the OU, develops confidence in HE level study, and provides practical support to help you to progress to the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales) above.

We have already run this programme with Caerphilly & Blaenau Gwent Local Authority and are now offering new outreach programmes with Local Authority partners in the following areas.

Local  Authority


 Time Venue To find out more or book a place contact:
Blaenau Gwent & RCT

Every Wednesday 9th May – 6th June 18

1pm – 5pm Goleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus

Workforce Development Team:

Tel: 0300 123 2015


Every Wednesday 6th June – 11th July 18

*Except for the 20th June

9.30am – 1.30pm Parc Dewi Sant, Carmarthen

Nia Davies

Tel: 01267 246188


*Please note the 'Succeed with Learning' programme requires a time commitment of 1 day a week for 5 weeks

Free OpenLearn Resources

As well as our accredited courses and introductory outreach programmes there are a number of relevant informal courses and study skills units you can access at any time for free. Use the links below to explore our free learning.

Other free resources

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General enquiries

Call 029 2047 1170

Study enquiries

Prospective students:
Call 0300 303 5303 
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