Certificate in Higher Education in Community Health and Wellbeing

The Cert HE Community Health and Wellbeing is a 1-year course that offers learners the opportunity to learn more about the important and ever evolving fields of health and social care, public health and wellbeing.  Community health focuses on interventions that health care workers provide outside of health care establishments. Community Health Workers use strong interpersonal skills to improve access and early signposting in communities. 

This Level 4 course is ideal for students looking to enhance their qualifications and those looking to progress onto other health related degree programmes such as health & social care, nursing, midwifery and other allied health professions. 

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
4A82 Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
4A82 Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A

Students will develop an understanding of health and wellbeing, legal and ethical aspects that govern the way we work in health, and an understanding of human health and disease.

The Cert HE in Community Health and Wellbeing also offers the opportunity to experience university life, develop strong study skills for higher education, and begin to engage in professional development for health careers.

Year 1 modules

  • Professional Development 1 – 40 credits
  • Study Skills – 20 credits
  • Investigating Health & Well Being – 20 credits
  • Law, Ethics and Policy – 20 credits
  • Human Health and Disease – 20 credits


The course is delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work activities and practical sessions.

Teaching is currently 2-days per week with lessons on a Thursday and Friday in year 1 (please note this is subject to change and timetabling availability).  Students will receive approximately 12 hours per week of classroom contact with an expectation that students do roughly the same amount of individual study outside of the classroom.

We occasionally bring in guest speakers from industry who provide unique insight into various sectors within health.  We also have good relationships with employers and regularly bring in guest speakers to talk about working in their organisations and highlighting potential paid work, work experience and volunteering roles available to students.


We support students with Personal Academic Coaching (PAC).

We have an open door policy.

Students receive regular tutorial support from module leaders and the teaching team.


Assessment for the course is varied with a wide range of assessments including Essay, MCQ test, Exam (only one), Presentation, Poster presentation, Assessment centre, Group work task.

Assessments are both formative and summative.


  • Paul Griffiths (course leader)
  • Owain Jones
  • Katie Wiergowski
  • Tanya Phillips
  • Teresa Filipponi
  • Ghazala Begum
  • Tania Davies

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.  

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here



Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and C at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Diploma Merit Merit.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C/Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

If your current qualifications don't meet the entry requirements for entry onto year 1 of your chosen undergraduate degree, we offer one-year International Foundation Programmes through our pathway partnership with QAHE to help you reach the level required for progression. For more information visit our Pathway website.


English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

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 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £15260 

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

We work closely with the USW Careers department and bring them in on the Professional Development module to help with understanding careers in health and various elements of professional development such as CV writing, personal development planning, interview skills, graduate attributes, etc.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.