Health and Social Care PGCert


Fact file

Qualification name:Health and Social Care
Duration:2-4 years part-time
Entry requirements:Applicants must have at least a second class UK honours degree (or international equivalent) and be working in health and social care.
Other requirements:Applicants without a first degree may be considered for the course based on clinical experience and previous study subject to approval. International students will be required to have occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student’s own expense.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Queen's Medical Centre

Course Overview

Our postgraduate certificate is designed to develop your analytical and critical thinking, improve your competencies to lead and manage change, and give you the skills and knowledge to progress your career into more challenging senior roles.

Postgraduate study is an essential investment in career progression and the pursuit of excellence in care delivery. Flexible and student-centred, the course has been carefully designed to meet the needs of those working in a range of roles and service environments. It is open to both experienced and newly registered health and social care practitioners.

One of the key benefits of the programme is its interprofessional nature, drawing applicants from a wide range of settings. This will lead to fascinating opportunities to learn from each others' experiences and perspectives, build networks and enhance future interdisciplinary working, training and supervision.

During the course, you can choose to follow a specific pathway, tailoring the course to suit your own interests or practice. Go to the 'Course details' tab for pathway details.

We hope you will join us during this challenging and fulfilling stage of your career and we look forward to working with you to achieve your highest goals.

For more information download the Health and Social Care flyer (PDF).

Key facts

  • Rated 4th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2015 and 7th for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2015
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014  
  • 98% of students from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy who participated in the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey were satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff

Course Details

The PG Certificate Health and Social Care allows you to follow a general pathway or choose from a menu of specialist routes. 

The specialist pathways are:

  • Adult Critical Care
  • Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children
  • Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Psychological Therapies for Psychosis
  • Trauma


Certificate (60 credits)

Adult Critical Care

  • Adult Critical Care: Contemporary Care of Renal, Cardiac and Respiratory Disorders (30 credits) 
  • Adult Critical Care: Contemporary Care of the Traumatically Injured, Neurological and Endocrine Disorders (30 credits) 

Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children

  • Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children 1 (30 credits) 
  • Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children 2 (30 credits) 

Palliative and End of Life Care

  • End of Life Care Management (30 credits) 
  • Critical Perspectives in End of Life Care (30 credits) 

Psychological Therapies for Psychosis

  • Recovery and psychosis (30 credits)
  • Assessment and Formulation for Psychosis (30 credits)

Trauma Care

  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Adult Critical Care Contemporary Care of the Traumatically Injured, Neurological and Endocrine Disorders* (30 Credits) CTI
  • Continuing Management of the Traumatically Injured Patient * (30 Credits) CMT

Generic Pathway

  • 2 x Optional modules (60 credits)

Optional modules – these are modules that be accessed from anywhere within The University of Nottingham's module catalogue. In particular, there are many clinical modules available as well as modules in Leadership and Management, Practice Teaching and Mentorship, and Work-Based Learning. You will find those more specific to health and social care within the School's own catalogue of modules.

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.


Home/EU students

Funded places are available to health and social care professionals working in the East Midlands (under certain conditions). These places are funded through Health Education East Midlands contract with The University of Nottingham. The only exception to this is the dissertation which may require self-funding or funding from another source. Once you have approval from your manager to apply for the course, complete the online application.

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the School website.

If you have a question about funding please call +44 (0)115 823 1213.

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


Healthcare professionals who undertake the PG Certificate in Health and Social Care will usually be working within the National Health Service (NHS) Career Framework. Therefore, the programme learning outcomes have been mapped against Levels 3 and 4 of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). This will allow students employed by the NHS to identify learning to support their career progression.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,070 with the highest being £45,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (eg. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (eg. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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