The University of Wolverhampton

PG CertPostgraduate Certificate Commissioning for Health and Social Care

Why choose this course?

“Commissioning for Quality, Caring for People”

The School has worked closely with senior NHS and Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Designed with current practitioners in mind the course is a mixture of blended and face-to-face learning delivered around the needs of the individual and their employer.

This MSc Commissioning for Health and Social Care aims to provide you with a master’s level education in the concepts, theories, academic and practical skills that you will require to be an effective and efficient commissioner. The Postgraduate Certificate forms one thrid of the overall Masters. The course offers a flexible approach to learning with options to study a module at a time or as a whole course leading on to the Postgraduate Diploma and finally the Masters.

You will develop a sound working knowledge of the principles and practice of commissioning for health and social care and the underpinning policy. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in module activities with a wide range of professional and other key stakeholders and organisations involved in the commissioning process.

What happens on the course?

Theories and models of commissioning

Module code: 7HW056

This module will enable you to explore the concepts and theories of commissioning. You will examine a range of health and social care policies relevant to the subject including health inequality; health needs assessment, epidemiology and the potential of health gain. You will evaluate the sociological, technical, political, and professional drivers influencing the commissioning process in a range of organisations and how these influence your own area of work via work-based learning projects and assessments.

Assessment Description:

You will be required to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical models of commissioning and their application to your own organisations commissioning process using appropriate health needs assessment and epidemiological evidence. For your chosen area or organisation you will demonstrate application of the principles and identify any gaps or challenges that you may have in the process and make recommendations for the future

Applied commissioning

Module code: 7HW057

This module will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of contracts, contract law and the contracting process used in commissioning. You will be able to evaluate a range of contracting options and the associated risks and benefits of each system. You will be able to demonstrate a range of project management skills in the application of the commissioning process including budget setting, budget management and in particular information gathering and data analysis. You will identify and use a range of quality metrics relevant to your own organisation

Assessment Description:

You will take an existing commissioning contract and carryout a content analysis using a range of theoretical concepts and models. You will make recommendations of how this could have been improved following your analysis to improve for the benefit of patient, service user and or clients.

Work-based learning

Module code: 7WB001

The module aims to enable you to work or plan work in the health, social care arenas to: - Construct a learning contract relevant to their employment - Undertake work based actions that will result in relevant learning - Demonstrate learning relevant to their employment that will result in service development and improvement or the planning of the former. - Further develop reflective practice skills whilst reflecting on work based learning achieved

Assessment Description:

You will identify a work-based project in which you will construct a piece of work that is relevant to commissioning for health and social care. You will be supported by a work-based learning tutor who will guide you through the process of your project.

In order to see more about the modules we offer and to prepare for your academic counselling session please visit our module information pages.

What our students think

Career path

Students will be able to seek employment in a range of health and social care organisations within the public and private sector in commissioning.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will normally hold a first degree or evidence of Level 6/7 study achieved at or above a minimum pass grade. However, applicants who have experience related to the areas of study will be considered eg. If currently working in commissioning.

If English is not your first language you will need evidence of TOEFL score of 550 or above; or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above; or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.

You may be eligible to apply for accreditation of prior experience and learning (APL) to be counted towards your studies up to a maximum of 90 credits.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Part time £2,084

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (// If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (// for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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