You must have a relevant professional degree, a first degree or equivalent and two years' experience post-qualification or equivalent. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
Months of entry
Current health and social care frameworks regard spiritual care as an essential component of health and wellbeing and all health and social care professionals should assess and respect the spiritual and religious beliefs of patients and their carers. But what does that mean? This certificate programme enables health and social care professionals to draw from their own professional experience and to gain knowledge and skills of the multicultural, ethical, legal and safe provision of spiritual and religious care in practice.
- The programme enables students from across the UK and the world to benefit from Scotland's leading role in the development of spiritual and religious care in health and social care and it's published resources.
- This distance learning programme enables students to engage in advanced professional education relevant to their health and social care practice and gain a recognised postgraduate award from a leading University.
- For Health and Social Care professionals: the programme dispels the many popular misconceptions around spiritual and religious care and is rooted in a capability and competence based approach to delivering spiritual and religious care as it relates to the student's clinical role and setting.
- For Health and Social Care Chaplains not resident in the UK: The programme has been developed from the highly successful PC Certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy. It enables prospective and exisiting Health and Social Care Chaplains from around the world to study their field without the need for a UK based students chaplaincy placement.
- Existing and prospective Health and Social Care Chaplains resident in the UK should consider the PgCert in Spiritual and Religious Care in Healthcare Programme which is accredited by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy for professional registration.
- This programme is delivered by highly experienced and published experts in the field of spiritual and religious care in health and social care. All teaching staff maintain a clinical role in hospitals, hospices and the community that enhances and informs their expertise.
Students study three courses:
Principles of Spiritual and Religious Care in Health and Social Care
An understanding of the distinctions between spiritual and religious care combined with a working knowledge of the main world faith and belief groups are core skills for providing effective spiritual care. Likewise spiritual and religious assessment communication with patients and cares and knowing when to refer on to specialist services are also essential skills. This course offers a thorough grounding in the principles of Spiritual and Religious Care where students will increase their knowledge and skills and consider the implications for their practise.
Spiritual and Religious Care in Health and Social Care Practice
To provide safe and effective spiritual and religious care practice requires health and social care professionals to have throught through and understand their own beliefs around life, health, living, dying and death. It also demands knowledge of legal, safe and accountable practice in areas such Next of Kin, Advance Directives, Guardianship and Incapacity. This course offers students the opportunity to consider the personal implications providing care to those who share different beliefs from their own and to gain knowledge and skills in legal and ehtical practice relevant to their professional role and clinical setting.
Advanced Health and Social Care Practice
Reflective practice is widely considered as essential for providing safe and effective health and social care. This course presents students with various models of reflective writing and thinking through a portfolio of reflective accounts from the student's professional experience and practice and develops skills in critical appraisal and analysis. When combined with the other course on the programme the transition from the principles and practice of spiritual and religious care enables students to identify further learning needs and ways of providing education and implementing change in their local setting.
Information for international students
IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Rev David Mitchell