Taught course

Strategic Workforce Planning

University of West London · College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Entry requirements

You should have one of the following:

  • a first degree from a UK higher education institution (university or college). Normally this would be at 2.1 or above
  • an NVQ level 5
  • a professional qualification – eg: CIMA, ACCA, CIPD. This qualification should have been achieved through an examination or assessed route rather than nomination or reputation
  • a degree or other qualification from a non-UK institution which is comparable in level. The University will require a NARIC certificate to demonstrate equivalence
  • In exceptional circumstances, experienced planners without this level of qualification will be admitted to the course. In this situation, an application supported by mapping of experience to level 6 SEEC indicators and submission of a recently written work based report will be required. This report should demonstrate both a sound grasp of key policy issues and an ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex ideas

Months of entry


Course content

Workforce planning is now recognised as one of the key areas of development within health and social care. Effective workforce planning not only benefits good patient care, but can play an important role in supporting the health and social care sectors to meet their service and productivity targets through ensuring that the 'right people are in the right jobs at the right time'.

For workforce planning to be effective, it is important to have people with the right skills who can efficiently deliver this crucial work in the health and social care sectors.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning has been developed in response to the increasing demand for specific training and education of those who are involved in workforce planning. Until recently the provision of workforce planning training and education at a national level has been limited.

Demands from service highlighted the need to:

  • integrate the workforce planning function with service and finance
  • focus on long term strategic planning
  • enable a consistency of approach; raise the profile of and improve perception of the role of workforce planning.

This course will support you to think critically about your role as a workforce planner and the strategic workforce planning requirements of your organisation. You will reflect upon a wide range of influences on workforce planning, critically analyse relevance to current service provision and service improvement in your workplace and demonstrate your ability to draw upon this learning to enhance skills in practice. The course will incorporate a strong emphasis on ‘action learning’; that is in addressing the specific problems, challenges and issues which staff encounter in the workplace and you will complete a workbased project to address some of these issues.

Information for international students

For information please visit: https://www.uwl.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course information
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