Edge Hill University Faculty of Health

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Edge Hill University Faculty of Health

Edge Hill University Faculty of Health

About the Faculty of Health & Social Care

Headshots30July_228Seth Crofts

Pro Vice-Chancellor
Dean Faculty of Health and Social Care

Welcome to the Faculty of Health and Social Care, one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West of England. We offer high-quality and responsive programmes for those working in, or seeking to work in, the health and social care sectors.

We offer a wide range of undergraduate courses, from nursing and operating department practice to nutrition,  child health and counselling. Whatever your subject of interest, we aim to support you through all stages of your career from undergraduate study and gaining workplace experience, through to continuing professional development and postgraduate study.

The Faculty has some of the best facilities for health undergraduates in the country. Our learning resources are second to none with leading edge clinical skills facilities including ward simulations with industry standard equipment to give students as realistic a learning experience as possible.

Whilst the Faculty’s main base is at Edge Hill’s Ormskirk campus, we also have bases at Aintree University Hospital, St James’ Manchester, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The Faculty’s Postgraduate Centre at Aintree Hospital has recently undergone a complete refurbishment to provide a dedicated base for health and social care professionals undertaking professional development study.

2014 will see the launch of the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, a partnership between Edge Hill University and regional health professionals and providers seeking to improve the quality of health and social care in the North West through education, research and innovation.

The continued investment in our campuses and facilities, the launching of ever-more innovative programmes and the quest to provide the very best student experience means that Edge Hill is increasing the University of choice for health and social care students, with the Faculty attracting over 6,500 undergraduate applicants in 2013, up nearly one-third on two years ago.

There are plenty of opportunities to come and visit the Faculty – at an open day, evening public lecture or one of the many national and international conferences we host.


Edge Hill University offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate health and social care courses depending on the career path you wish to take.


Our undergraduate courses are usually for learners with no previous higher education qualifications, for learners who wish to increase their knowledge of a specific subject or to prepare you for a particular career.

The Faculty’s nursing, midwifery, paramedic and operating department practitioner courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills to be a competent and efficient health professional. Our degree in social work will provide you with the professional qualification for social workers.

The Faculty also offers undergraduate degree programmes and top-up degrees in a wide range of applied health and social care subjects, including: health and social wellbeing; child health and wellbeing; nutrition; counselling and psychotherapy; and psychosocial analysis of offending behaviour.

Postgraduate and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The Faculty’s postgraduate and CPD programmes are for health and social care practitioners who want to study a specific subject at a higher level, or who wish to gain a qualification to help them progress in their career.

Postgraduate Study & Professional Development for Health & Social Care Professionals

Our postgraduate CPD programmes are usually for health and social care practitioners with existing higher education qualifications who want to study a specific subject at a higher level or gain a higher qualification to help them progress in their career.

Postgraduate Certificates

A postgraduate certificate of higher education (PG Cert) is a level 7 academic qualification requiring 60 credits. They are usually studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Further study could include a postgraduate diploma of higher education or a masters degree.

Masters Degrees

A masters degree is a course of academic study leading to a level 7 qualification such as a master of arts (MA), master of science (MSc), masters by research (MRes), or master of surgery (MCh). You will need to earn 180 credits at level 7 to achieve a masters degree and the majority of our programmes can be  studied on a part-time basis. Usually incorporating both taught sessions and research, they are designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of a subject and to assist you in progressing your career.

Master of Medicine (MMed) / Master of Surgery (MCh)

In partnership, Edge Hill University and Wrightington Hospital offer MMed Medicine and MCh Surgery programmes with a range of specialist pathways.

Postgraduate Medical Education

Medical Education programmes associated with the Faculty’s Postgraduate Professional Education portfolio are provided by the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI).  The PGMI is a provider of innovative multi-professional postgraduate education and practice-based research, which supports the development of all professionals working in the field of health and social care to improve service delivery, treatment, care, and health. Many of these programmes have been developed with, and are delivered with, external NHS trusts and organisations and are accredited by professional bodies.

The PGMI’s current portfolio comprises:

For more information, please visit the PGMI’s Postgraduate Medical Education page.

Length of Study
The timeframes given above are for guidance only. Our CPD programmes are flexible and tailored towards health professionals studying whilst in employment and therefore they can be completed in a timeframe that suits you up to a maximum of six years. Individual course leaders can advise applicants of an appropriate timeframe for your circumstances.

Individual Modules of Study
Programmes are made up of individual modules and our wide range of CPD modules can be studied individually. Many modules start in September and February meaning that if you miss the September intake you do not always need to wait a year to begin studying. Following completion, you can continue your studies with other modules and work towards an award. View our range of stand alone CPD modules.

NHS Health Education North West-Post Qualification Funding (CPD Apply)

We are currently awaiting confirmation as to whether there will be funds available for modules commencing from April 2017 onwards.  CPDApply NW will be populated with information when we receive confirmation.  We suggest that applications are made using this Stand alone Application Form on the basis that fees will be paid by you or your employer (outside of CPDApply NW monies).

If CPD Apply NW monies become available we will contact you.
NHS Health Education North West  has previously funded Post-Qualification Learning for professional health and social care staff under their remit. Post-Qualification Learning follows a modular structure and modules can be studied on a stand alone basis or towards a post qualification award. Staff should contact their Line Manager and Trust Lead to discuss availability and for details of the online CPD Apply NW application system. Please contact your line manager or HR Department for details of your Trust Lead.

NHS Health Education North West’s CPD Apply NW system can be accessed at www.cpd-applynw.nhs.uk

NHS Health Education North West has produced a guidance document for using the new online application system: CPD Apply NW Instuctions

E-Learning Opportunities
Some of our CPD modules are available for online study – please see individual module’s web pages for further details. Edge Hill University also has an innovative range of inexpensive online e-sessions for health care professionals for mandatory training, service improvement and CPD.  View our range of e-learning opportunities.