Certificate of Higher Education Primary Care

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Course Delivery & Duration

It is expected that students will take between two and three years to complete the Cert. H.E., although students have up to five years to complete the programme.

Please note you cannot apply for the pathway through the website.  For further information and an application form please contact us by telephone to discuss.

The core module carries 60 credits and is called ‘Primary Health Care Assistant’. Ideally this would be completed first. See below for details of the optional modules that make up the remaining 60 credits.

Suitable For

Health Care Assistant


Teesside University 120 Credits Level 4

Outline Content

The aim of the course is to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills that underpin the role of the Primary Health Care Assistant.

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and principles underpinning primary care practice in order to work effectively as part of a primary care team to improve health and wellbeing of patients in their community.
  • Recognise, reflect and respond in a flexible and adaptable manner to the changing nature of primary care practice, within the context of their role as health care assistant.
  • Develop practical skills that comply with local and national policy and guidelines and current best available evidence to work safely and effectively within the primary care setting.
  • Develop lifelong learning and reflection skills.

Students accessing the Cert HE must be working as a Health Care Assistant within a primary care setting for a minimum of 8-15 hours a week alongside a registered nurse. They must also have a mentor who will sign off and confirm their competencies. They should have the support of their employer who must sign the application form. They should be able to write clearly in English and meets certain academic requirements as detailed on the application form. You can find out more by reading the Cert. HE FAQs in our Resources section.

Learning Outcomes

The programme will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills listed below.  On successful completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Identify and describe normal, and altered, anatomy and physiology relevant to the health care and support they provide for patients.
  • Identify key concepts for health and wellbeing and describe contemporary approaches to health promotion and illness prevention relevant to their role in primary care.
  • Identify and describe the ethical and legal considerations and constraints specific to primary health care practice.
  • Describe and explain key concepts, theories and principles that underpin their role in primary health care practice.
  • Describe and explain how the application of health and safety legislation can prevent harm to self and others, and enhance safe and effective practice.

Cognitive/Intellectual Skills

  • Gather, record and describe data/evidence from a variety of sources to develop new insights into their role and responsibilities in primary health care practice, and support an evidence-based approach to practice.
  • Apply national and local policy and guidelines for the protection of vulnerable people.
  • Apply local/national policy and guidelines to ensure effective practice and safety of self and others within the primary care setting.
  • Demonstrate application of specific skills and knowledge that underpin safe and effective health care practice for patients and carers.

Practical/Professional Skills

  • Apply appropriate verbal, non-verbal and written communication strategies to effectively engage, interact and disengage with patients, carers, peers and members of the primary care team.
  • Recognise the limits of personal competence and be able receive, reflect and respond appropriately to feedback related to personal development.
  • Work effectively with members of the primary care team and demonstrate awareness of each role and its contribution to safe effective practice.
  • Respond safely and effectively to emergency situations and maintain patient safety.
  • Select, use and maintain a range of resources appropriate to the health care assistant role in primary health care practice.
  • Contribute to assessment, delivery and evaluation of care within defined guidelines.
  • Work within the scope of the health care assistant role to safely and competently assist in care delivery and promote healthy wellbeing.

Key Transferable Skills

  • Reflect on own strengths and weaknesses to identify personal learning and development needs.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of IT resources and other relevant technology to support academic and work-based practice.
  • Demonstrate numerical and literacy skills relevant to their practice.

Section Headings

The Certificate in Higher Education is made up of 120 credits at level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (for more details, see the qualification comparison in our Resources section). The Cert. H.E. Primary Care comprises of one 60 credit core module and a range of optional modules or courses that are chosen from to achieve the remaining 60 credits.

The core module is called ‘Primary Health Care Assistant’ and ideally this would be completed first. Please contact the training centre for more details.

The optional modules are:

Each course has its own entry criteria. For more information about a specific course, please click on the links above.


Each module is individually assessed. Please click the links under "Section headings" to find out more.