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Open University Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families
Open University

Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families

Online United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time, Part time

05 Sep 2024

Oct 2024

GBP 7,272 *

Distance Learning

* total cost; part-time at a rate of 60 credits is £3,636 per year


This Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families 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. You will be introduced 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

  • 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.

A nationally recognised qualification in its own right, this certificate of higher education is also equivalent to the first third of an honours degree.


Our qualifications are as accessible as possible, and we have a comprehensive range of support services. Our Certificate of Higher Education in Children and Families uses a variety of study materials and includes the following elements:

  • Online study – most modules are online; some have a mix of printed and online material. Online learning resources could include websites, audio/video, and interactive activities
  • Online tutorials
  • Group-work
  • Using and producing diagrams and screenshots
  • Finding external/third-party material online
  • Accessing online catalogues and databases
  • Assessment in the form of short-answer questions, essays, and examinations
  • Feedback – continuous assessment includes feedback from your tutor and using this to improve your performance
  • Pre-determined schedules – we’ll help you to develop your time-management skills

How long it takes

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

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