Taught course

Advancing Healthcare Practice

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

It is a requirement that you have (i) a degree (FHEQ Level 6 / SCQF Level 9), conferred by a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body; (ii) access to a setting related to healthcare.

Months of entry

October, April, February

Course content

This qualification will help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need in order to take the lead in improving the quality of healthcare in your local setting, whatever your role. You will investigate the theory and practice of healthcare improvement, exploring what healthcare improvement means and how it can be achieved through change agency, collaboration and partnership and the field of improvement science - situating these core themes within a global context and investigating their impact on local practice. Throughout your studies you will apply your learning to the context of your own health improvement environment.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

0300 303 5303