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 individuals 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. Successful completion of this course could facilitate promotion to Band 4 worker roles in the future. Please read our Essential Guide for more details.

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

Year 1:

Core modules

  • The Fundamentals of Care and Professional Practice
  • An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

Year 2

  • Caring for the Adult Client
  • Lifespan Growth and Development
  • Child and Family Public Health
  • Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Health and Wellbeing
  • Development of Inter-Personal Relationships in Helping People with Mental Health Problems
  • Meeting the Needs of People with a Learning Disability
  • Individual Professional Growth

Year 2 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.


You will be required to attend a minimum of 8 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, a personal tutor and academic supervisor.


Assessments include producing a reflective portfolio of what you have learned (including theoretical knowledge and practical skills), written assignments, presentations, observational diary, project work, and scenario based activities.

Applicants must have:

  • CQFW level 3 qualification or equivalent and 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.

Interview dates
The interview dates are July 15 and August 1 – you must attend one of these dates. Induction takes place on September 19 and 23, 9-5pm, and attendance is required on both days.

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 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 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

International students

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

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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 1 of this programme. This facilitates a means to allow recognition of prior learning (RPL) (with limited additional consideration) to the BN (Hons) Nursing Degree.

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.