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Developed for military personnel, their families and veterans. Use the skills and knowledge you acquire to progress onto a health-related honours degree of your choice. Study from anywhere in the world.

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Since being awarded the Armed Forces Gold Covenant, we have worked closely with the Defence Medical Academy to identify service needs for serving military personnel and veterans, and have developed this exciting new course.

Our course has been designed with serving military personnel and veterans in mind and offers the opportunity to build on their existing skills and experience. We aim to provide them with the additional knowledge and qualification required to progress onto a health-related honours degree.

Students will be joining a close-knit, diverse, friendly community and can expect a supportive and engaging learning environment from day one of their studies with us. Each module within the course has an underpinning healthcare focus utilising their highly valuable military health care experience.

Find out more about how we support our Armed Forces transitioning to university life.

Why us?

  • The course was designed by veterans and reservists ensuring the needs of service personnel (active and retired) are considered
  • At present and with current research we are the only HEI that offers a military focused Certificate of Higher Education which is delivered with a blended learning approach
  • A nationally recognised qualification
  • Supported by the Defence Military Academy
  • You will be taught and supported by veterans and reservists

Course structure

Students are taught with a variety of methods which are designed to be engaging and interactive. There will be asynchronous lectures, discussions and tutorials providing feedback and support.

Each of the modules has an assessment element varying between poster design, presentation, exam and essay.

You will require access to a computer, laptop or tablet as all the course is delivered online.


Modules include:

  • Foundations of Health (40 credits)

Assessed via an essay.

  • Health Project (20 credits)

Assessed via a summative project and presentation.

  • Numeracy for Health (20 credits)

Assessed via a formative self-assessment, a numeracy exam and an essay on patient safety.

  • Student Success (20 credits)

Assessed via reflective essay and a personal statement or CV.

  • Issues in Health (20 credits)

Assessed via a poster and a written debate.

  • As a distance learning student, you'll be able to remotely access online journals, articles and e-books. Opportunities are also provided for continual online support and tutorials from both qualified librarians and your course tutor.

    The library team offer real-time online help through ‘Live Chat’ at various periods throughout the day and they also offer online tutorials to help you make the most of our electronic resources.

    To find out more information, visit our University Library website.

    Library Services - distance learning


This distance-learning course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You'll need internet access to use our Virtual Learning Environment, where you will access specially designed learning materials, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

Face to face support is also available at the Northallerton campus.

Entry requirements

We don’t currently display entry requirements for United States. Please contact the Student Admin team on studentadmin@sunderland.ac.uk or 0191 515 3154.

For this first cohort, you must be a serving member of the Armed Forces and have funding agreed by your employer.

We usually require applicants to hold Numeracy and Literacy Level 2.

Profiling is required for students who wish to APL the Health project module. If the student is deemed appropriate for APL, they will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence.

Students who are applying and are wanting to APL STP1001 will be required to provide evidence of experience and qualifications. They will also need to provide an essay.

This course is subject to approval.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £5,400.

If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able to help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.

If you are currently serving, or have recently served, in the British Armed Forces and are looking to enhance your education, you could be eligible to receive help with funding your studies:

Service Leavers Scheme

This scheme pays the tuition fees for ex-service people who have not previously studied at higher education level.

Armed Forces Bereavement Scheme

This scheme provides university scholarships for children of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

This University of Sunderland is a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme. The scheme provides financial support to British Armed Forces personnel to support their studies at University.

To apply for the ELCAS scheme, visit the ELCAS website to find out if you match the criteria for funding. The website has everything you need to submit your funding application. You will need to apply at least 5 weeks before the start of your course.

After your application for funding, once you make your application for your course, you will need to mention our Learning Provider Reference number: 1290.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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Career ready

On completion of the course, a Certificate in Higher Education will be awarded.  With this Level 4 Certificate, graduates will have the chance to access a health-related honours degree at the University of Sunderland. It is also a recognisable qualification, enabling employment with the NHS or other healthcare work force.

Further study

On completion of this course, you will be guaranteed an interview for the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Children’s and Young People’s Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Rehabilitation Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health

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