Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families

The Open University

Program Description

Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families

The Open University

Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families

This certificate is ideal if you want to develop your interest in health and social care in the area of work with children, young people and families; and if you’re directly engaged in this area (or hope to be) as a paid or unpaid worker or carer. It 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 course

  • 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.

Educational aims

This certificate provides a stimulating supportive learning experience about the health and social care of children and young people. In addition to being a qualification in its own right it will be good preparation if you wish to pursue a degree. The certificate’s aims are to:

  • contribute to the development of good practice in health and social care with children, young people and families
  • enhance your knowledge and understanding of health and social care in different contexts, particularly in relation to children and young people
  • enhance your knowledge of children, young people and their development drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives
  • support you to reflect upon and apply knowledge from case studies, research findings and theory
  • supply the knowledge base for progression onto higher qualifications
  • provide a learning framework that will equip you with the study skills necessary to succeed at degree level 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 years
  • Time limit – 4 years

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.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. 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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1 - 4 years
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