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Higher Education in Children and Families, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
This Higher Education in Children and Families certificate at The Open University UK is ideal if you want to develop your interest in health and social care in the area of working with children, young people and families. It’s especially suited if you’re directly engaged in this area (or hope to be) as a paid or unpaid worker or carer.
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This Higher Education in Children and Families certificate at The Open University UK will introduce you to key issues relating to the welfare of children and young people, including how health and social care services and practices are organised.

Key features of the Higher Education in Children and Families certificate at The Open University UK 

  • Investigates key issues and debates about childhood, child development, child psychology and children’s rights
  • Helps you apply your knowledge and understanding to your own life or work environment
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Skills for career development

During your studies you will develop skills of communication, information seeking, analysis, evaluation and knowledge that can be applied to practice in a wide range of settings with children and families. These skills are also highly valued in the world beyond health and social care.

Career relevance

This qualification is applicable to work in a wide variety of health and social care settings, and has been developed in response to feedback from employers and prospective students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 4 years

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

You’ll start with a broad, general introduction to the experience of giving and receiving care before focusing on interdisciplinary childhood studies – developing your understanding of the fundamentals of child developmental psychology in relation to key issues affecting the 0–18 age group.

Courses include:

  • Health and social care
  • Childhood studies and child psychology

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
  • At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    6192 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6192 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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