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About this course

This award has been strategically designed in a way to provide the necessary knowledge for individuals who would like to work in the industry of healthcare. It gives an overview of all the main aspects and components which one would deal with within healthcare.

Course Information

Course Title MQF/EQF Level 4 Pre-Tertiary Certificate in Health and Social Care
Course Type Award
Qualification Framework Level MQF/EQF Level 4
Programme Duration 5 Months
Placement Hours 48 Hours of Supervised Placement
Mode of Attendance Full-Time
Mode of Delivery Face-to-Face Lectures & Hands-on Practice
Total ECTS Credits 36 ECTS
Course Language English & Maltese
Location Triq il-Għadam, Birkirkara, CBD 1060, Malta
Lecturers Alicja Cabel, Anna Mukhortova Aquilina, Joanna Taylor
  • Aged 16+ upon entry of course
  • Communicate using oral and written English
  • Minimum school leaving certificate
  • Clean Police Conduct
  • Copy of ID card or Passport

Total Tuition Fees:

EU Nationals – Paid Upfront – €1,320

Non-EU Nationals who are still abroad and without Maltese resident card – €7,000 *

      * (The price is inclusive of 2 months English and Maltese language tuition.)

For information about funding schemes click here.

Hours of total learning:

  • Total contact hours: 180
  • Self Study hours: 504
  • Supervised Placement and Practice Hourss: 48
  • Assessment hours: 168

Learning Outcomes for Knowledge obtained at the end of the programme:

The learner will be able to:

  1. Recognise the importance and the role of a care-worker in the patient’s life;
  2. Recall what challenging behaviour is, and identify ways to managing such behaviour;
  3. Name the main concepts of dementia and demonstrate understanding factors which influence behaviour with patients suffering from dementia;
  4. Recognise the nutritional and dietary needs for the elderly and demonstrate ability to understand nutritional screening and assessments;
  5. List effective ways to store food in order to ensure food hygiene whilst also demonstrating an understanding of the role of personal hygiene and health to prevent contamination through food whilst caring for others;
  6. Describe the role of health and safety when caring for others, whilst making reference to health and safety law;
  7. Name terms related to epidemiology and viral diseases, whilst demonstrating awareness of the basic practices to prevent and control infectious disease when caring for others;
  8. Describe the most effective ways to deal with patients which are in palliative and end of life care;
  9. Identify the best way to move and handle patients with care;
  10. Recognise vulnerable adults and abusive situations and demonstrate ability to report an abuse;
  11. Identify the role of a person-centred care approach and why it is the most effective way of caring for patients;

Click here to view the learning outcomes for each module.

Every Module will be divided in 4 individual sessions.

Learning Hours for every Module:

  • Contact hours: 15
  • Supervised placement hours: 4
  • Self-study hours: 42
  • Assessment hours: 14

The ‘Role of the Care Worker’ Module:

  • Contact hours: 30
  • Supervised placement hours: 8
  • Self-study hours: 84
  • Assessment hours: 28

Modules Offered:

  1. Managing Challenging Behaviour
  2. Dementia Care and Awareness
  3. Nutrition for Senior Citizens
  4. Food Safety and Hygiene
  5. Working in a Safe and Healthy Environment
  6. Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
  7. Palliative and End of Life Care
  8. Moving and Handling Patients with Care
  9. The Role of the Care Worker
  10. Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  11. The Person-Centred Care Approach

Each module is equivalent to 3 ECTS.  ‘The Role of Care Worker‘ Module is equivalent to 6 ECTS

Anna Mukhortova Aquilina

Anna is a Learning and Development Specialist at Enteractive, Malta. Her areas of focus and expertise as an L&D Specialist are eLearning Design using Articulate 360 Suite and Adobe Captivate; Management and optimization of Learning Management Systems; and Corporate Training Delivery.

She has 2 degrees from the University of Malta: a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Studies (Hons).

Anna worked as a Staff Nurse at Mater Dei Hospital from October 2016 to August 2019, and she also teaches English as a foreign language.

She has special interests in quality, project, and change management. She is also currently reading for a Master’s Degree in Audiology at the University of Malta.  

Due to her extensive experience in the fields of Learning and Development, Anna is passionate about making any type of learning experience personalized and strategic so that it can benefit individuals and prepare them to work in the industry. She also takes the initiative to make learners aware of the change and the importance of staying motivated and resilient in rapidly changing work environments.

Joanna Taylor

Joanna Taylor is a Staff Nurse at NPICU and the Department of Health, Malta.

She attained her degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Malta from October 1995 to July 1999. She also obtained Secondary Level Education from September 1993 to June 1995, and the Advanced Level Education in the following year. She also took short courses for the Paediatric Basic Life Support for Health Care Professional, and Certificate of Competence in Handling Lines in Neonates and Paediatrics at Mater Dei Hospital.

Besides working as a Nurse and Lecturer, Joanna is also fond of doing makeup which led her to become the makeup artist in a local TV drama under Herman Bonaci Productions, Malta from October 2015 to May 2016.

She published an article on the “Safety of Cosmetics use during Pregnancy” in the local midwifery journal “The Midwife”.

Her experience in both nursing and the beauty industry is valuable in teaching students a client-centred approach to care. By drawing on her diverse background, she can help students understand the importance of considering a client’s individual needs, preferences, and goals in providing care. This can ultimately lead to better outcomes and a more positive experience for clients.



International students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

Non-EU/ Non-EEA Applicants need to apply for a Student Visa before they travel to Malta. We can help guide you on this process.  Learn More.

  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Dementia Carer
  • Community Health Worker
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Worker In Health Care Services
  • Home-Based Personal Care Worker
  • Home Care Aide
  • Community Health aide

Target Audience: 16-18; 19-30

Target Group: Individuals seeking to work or already working within the Health and Social Care sector.

Click here to learn more about Course Assessment

Uniplural Academy, as licensed education and training provider operating in Malta, is licensed to operate within further education field and currently Uniplural Academy offers MQF Level 4 qualifications.

Licence Number: 2019-010

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