CertHE in Health Care Nursing Support Worker Education

This two year part-time healthcare support worker course has been designed to provide continuing higher education for those working as support workers in health care settings. The primary aim of this healthcare course is to support the development of the Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW) workforce and to promote standards of care across all contexts of practice.

This course has been mapped to year one of the All Wales Nursing curriculum and therefore offers an opportunity to apply to progress into the second year of the nursing course (full time or new flexible route) upon successful completion. It can also facilitate promotion to Band 4 worker roles in the future. Please read our Essential Guide for more details.

This course is subject to validation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

Students complete 60 credits each year.

Year One

  • The Fundamentals of Care and Professional Practice - 40 credits
  • An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice - 20 credits

Year Two 

In year two, there is one core module Individual Professional Growth and one or two modules modules are chosen in accordance with your field of practice (adult, child, mental health or learning disability). Each module has explicit theoretical and clinical learning outcomes and will be supported by specific module documentation outlined in a week by week timetable of activities. This will be a live document; one that demands documentary evidence and engagement with the clinical mentor in planning clinical activities and theoretical work, evaluating progress and final assessment.

  • Lifespan Growth and Development (child pathway) - 20 credits
  • Child and Family Public Health (child pathway) - 20 credits
  • Caring for the Adult Client (adult pathway) - 40 credits
  • Development of Inter-Personal Relationships in Helping People with Mental Health Problems (mental health pathway)- 20 credits
  • Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Health and Wellbeing (mental health and learning disability pathways)- 20 credits
  • Meeting the Needs of People with a Learning Disability (learning disability pathway) - 20 credits
  • Individual Professional Growth (all students) - 20 credits



You will be required to attend a minimum of eight study days over the duration of the course. While each module will be supported through study days the majority of the work will be managed by you with the support of academic staff and clinical mentors.

You will be assigned a clinical mentor from a local Health Board/Trust/employing organisation, as well as a personal tutor and academic supervisor.



Assessments include producing a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your engagement in weekly study materials and their associated activities; clinical portfolio of competency based clinical learning outcomes assessed in clinical practice; engaging in an online web based discussion, written reflective essay, observational diary, case studies, public health leaflet development, production of an online academic poster, life science test and online Safe Medicate assessment.

Applicants must have:

  • Applicants must hold a NVQ/QCF Level 3 or equivalent qualification and have a current live portfolio of evidence of continuing development including a selection of the following - Manual handling passport, evidence of basic life support training, POVA and child protection training, infection control and the ability to reflect on practice through reflective writing
  • Evidence of practical skills in patient care
  • Employer support to secure funding
  • Access to a clinical mentor in practice


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £680 per 20 credits

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly


Admissions statement

In planning the programme, the curriculum planning team acknowledged and utilised the first year of the new BN (Hons) Nursing Award 2012. This course has developed out of that and therefore this course offers a high degree of congruence and comparability with year one of this programme. This facilitates a means to allow recognition of prior learning (RPL) (with limited additional consideration) to the BN (Hons) Nursing Degree.