Single Module Level 5

Digital Capabilities

School of Health and Society




One semester

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

On this course you will gain an in-depth understanding of how data and technology can be used to support positive healthcare outcomes. You will explore the emerging topic of digital health and become confident and competent when using digital tools in the workplace.

You don’t need a specific qualification or technical knowledge to study this course. It’s ideal for anyone who is interested in learning more about the digital landscape and how it applies to healthcare – including nurses, clinicians, hospital management, support teams and those who work in administrative services.

Funding available

If you need help to cover the cost of some, or all, of this course, tuition fee loans are available for eligible students. Find out more

On this course you will:
  • Understand how current and emerging digital tools and technologies can help you work critically and effectively in a healthcare environment.
  • Explore emerging trends and challenges in digital health, in line with Health Education England's Digital Capabilities Framework.
  • Understand how digital tools can enhance the provision of healthcare, and develop confidence when using digital tools in the workplace.
  • Enhance your career opportunities by understanding how digital health impacts patients, and by developing your digital skills to deliver effective care.

This is for you if...


You want to understand how digital technologies can improve healthcare outcomes.


You’re interested in the social and technical aspects of digital health.


You want to enhance your digital capability.

Course details

All about the course

This course has been developed in line with Health Education England's Digital Capabilities Framework. By studying this course you will:

  • Understand emerging technologies in digital health – including digital devices, platforms, processes and practice implications.
  • Understand service users – describe patients’ behaviour with digital health tools and understand what triggers behaviour change, such as goals, persuasion and motivation. 
  • Learn how to use digital tools to communicate ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Consider the responsible use of technology – including ethical, regulatory, social, economic and political drivers.
  • Recognise the benefits and challenges of working in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Draw on theoretical models and practical applications to support healthcare organisations in the different stages of their digital transformation.  

What will I be doing?




This course will be delivered in weekly three hour sessions. You will take part in lectures, masterclasses, seminars, practical workshops, tutorials and live projects. You will also work through online material and undertake independent study.

Service users and guest speakers from industry will provide insight into key issues and the real-world application of digital health tools. You will also hear from speakers in other sectors where digital tools play a key role. 


You will be asked to complete a portfolio of work that includes: your digital philosophy; case studies and their digital solution; an assessed debate on a controversial aspect of digital innovation; and a short commentary on a primary source text.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

The effective use of digital technologies is a key enabler in delivering health and social care. The 2019 Topol Review produced by Health Education England stated that 90% of all NHS jobs will require a digital skill. It also outlined recommendations to ensure the NHS is a world leader in using digital technologies to benefit patients. This course will empower you to develop these skills and champion digital innovation in healthcare.

Career Links

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations, so our links with industry are strong. Our academic team works in practice with some of these organisations at a senior level, so we can keep you at the forefront of developments in healthcare. The knowledge you gain will enable you to provide the highest level of care to service users, using digital tools to support positive outcomes.


What you need to know

This 30 credit course starts on Monday 19 September and takes 12 weeks to complete. You don't need a specific qualification or prior digital knowledge to study this course, but your application should include a personal statement. See the accordion below for more details about entry requirements.

Entry requirements

Personal statement

You will need to submit a personal statement to apply for this course. In this, we want to find out about your current understanding and experience of digital technology, as well as your thoughts on the challenges associated with digital health. Please answer the following questions in your personal statement:

  • What is your current role?
  • How will completing this module impact you personally and professionally?
  • Have you completed training related to digital health technologies previously? If so, please provide details.
  • What do you think the biggest digital challenges are in society today?
  • Do you regularly use digital technologies? If so, please provide details.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you don’t meet our standard entry requirements but have relevant experience, we will consider your application in line with our Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) process.

The APL process could help you to make your work and life experience count. It can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2022/23 £2,200 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs, which may include books, stationery and printing.

Funding available

Tuition fee loans are available to help you pay for this course. For students studying our 30 credit short courses, you can apply for the full cost of the course (£2,200).

The loans are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and applications are made to Student Finance England. You should apply for your loan once you have received your offer letter from us and before your course starts. 

For more information about applying for student finance, including the eligibility criteria for this course, please visit the Government’s dedicated Higher Education Short Course Loans webpage.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

September 2023