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Higher Development Award


Health and Social Care

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



113 days


Available at

Course Overview

The Higher Development Award (HDA) is a personal development programme that enables Clinical and Non-Clinical Support Workers from all sectors to “Be the best and acknowledge potential”. The Higher Development Award provides experienced employees from all health and social care settings with the opportunity to develop core knowledge, skills, behaviours and values required to progress and practice safely. You will have the opportunity to work alongside others within the sector, enhancing your understanding of how your role links to the multidisciplinary team and meets the needs of your organisation and the wider sector. You will develop your maths, English and digital skills and participate in a Workplace Improvement Project.

What will I learn?

Modules you could study at Level 1

- Introduction to personalities and behaviour
- Emotional intelligence
- Assertiveness
- Motivating yourself and others
- Developing self – understanding how you learn
- Personal management
- Reflection

Modules you could study at Level 2

- Developing yourself as a team leader
- Problem solving skills
- Coaching in the workplace

Modules you could study at Level 3

- Understanding leadership
- Team dynamics
- Advanced communication
- Developing self and others
- Problem solving, planning and implementing change
- Presentation skills
- Motivational interviewing

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment is via portfolio based assessment.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but you do need to be employed or due to be employed in the Health or Social Care sector. There are different levels of study available dependent on your prior experience.

Additional Costs and Information

- Qualifications; Numeracy and Literacy, Digital Skills, Team Leading (L2), Leadership and Management (L3)
- All Level 1 and 2 qualifications are fully funded - cost for Level 3 (£724 - covered by employer)
- Functional Skills/Digital etc., are roll on/roll off - can be completed alongside/before/after
- Flexible blended delivery

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