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 investigates the theory and practice of advancing healthcare, and how services can be improved through change agency, partnership working and the application of improvement science. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to contribute to healthcare advancement, with a particular focus on the conception, design and conduct of research that has significance and benefit in practice settings. You will explore themes related to your own practice situation, and conduct a series of investigations in your workplace. You will also examine how enquiry, knowledge, evidence, strategy and skill can be combined to develop your own work as an agent of advancing healthcare, and how you can work with others to do the same.

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


distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

0300 303 5303