Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

The Open University

Program Description

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

The Open University

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

Why are some people colour blind? What makes us behave in particular ways? How are new drugs developed? If you’re interested in questions like these, or thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this certificate is for you. It offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the science behind health, while developing essential skills for study. By the end of the course, you’ll have a valuable qualification under your belt and be on your way to an honours degree.

Key features of the course

  • Provides a broad introduction to human biology, psychology and health
  • Develops skills of reason and logic that are highly prized in the workplace
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study.

Educational aims

This is an intermediate science qualification which aims to provide you with:

  • an introduction to health topics in their wider personal, cultural and social contexts
  • the ability to engage with an evidence-based, scientific approach to health sciences and to develop an appreciation of the limits of scientific knowledge
  • an opportunity to develop a range of basic scientific skills
  • an opportunity to develop your general skills in interpreting, generating, and presenting information and data using a variety of text-based, graphical, numerical, audio-visual and online sources, and using a computer to support your learning
  • an opportunity to enhance your personal development, in particular your confidence to move to Level 2 study.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 2 years
  • Full time – 1 year
  • Time limit – 7 years

Career relevance

While this course is not attached to a specific professional endorsement, it provides a broad base of subject knowledge and skills appropriate to occupations such as biomedical research, diagnostic services, health promotion, health and safety, health therapy, and health services administration and management.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 7.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated December 14, 2015
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1 - 7 years
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United Kingdom Buckingham, England
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