Reducing Risk of Long Term Conditions Level 5 module

This course is no longer offered by Education for Health and this information is retained here for the final students completing this course. Click here for details of our current courses.

The Reducing Risk of Long Term Conditions Level 5 module is aimed at students who have the opportunity to influence the health of individuals, groups and communities. It will enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to support individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices in relation to long term conditions and to understand the wider implications of the social determinants of health, choice architecture and large scale behaviour change. This module addresses the changing needs of the health and social care workforce and will create greater flexibility and opportunity for future students.

Successful students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the evidence base and policy initiatives informing health and well-being and the prevention of long term conditions. They will be able to identify how health and social care professionals can influence health behaviours at individual, community and national levels.

This module is validated by The Open University. The Regulations for validated awards of The Open University can be seen here.

Why choose this module?

Benefits include:

  • The opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialties.
  • Access to experts.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care
  • Greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.
  • Opportunity to build to a Diploma in Higher Education or BSc (Honours) degree.
  • Gaining academic credit for a named award. A number of credits is assigned to each module, which indicates the amount of learning undertaken, and the specified credit level indicates the relative depth of learning involved. Credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning whenever and wherever it is achieved. Credit may also help you transfer to another programme either within Education for Health or at a different institution.
  • Upon the completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals.
What will I study?

The subjects covered include:

  • Long term conditions definition, statistics, population issues, economic issues
  • The role of public health
  • Health and wellbeing / challenges
  • Improving outcomes
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Prevention- working with individuals
  • Prevention- working with groups and communities
  • Getting a health and wellbeing service underway
Level of study and credit value

This is a Level 5 module, which carries 15 CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme) points.

Where will I study and for how long?

This is a four months distance eLearning course. It has a notional study time of 150 hours which includes time to study learning materials and complete assessments.

How is this module assessed and what is the criteria for a pass?

Coursework 1 – 2000 words

Students are required to submit one of the following assignments:

Students are required to submit a fully referenced written assignment discussing their experience of working with a specific client or group of clients to support health and well-being and the prevention of long term conditions.


Students are required to submit a fully referenced assignment based on a proposed service development to support health and wellbeing and prevent long-term conditions within their area of responsibility.

Coursework 2 – 1000 words

Students are required to produce an advertising poster to promote their work / service development.

In addition to the poster, students are required to submit a 1000 word ‘commentary’ to support their poster, including a rationale for the design and demonstrating key points of value.

Criteria for a pass

The pass mark for the module is 40% in each element of assessment and 40% overall. Reassessment is as per regulations in the Student Guide.

Can I take this module as part of a programme?

Successful completion of single modules results in the awarding of academic credits that could be used as part of a DipHE/BSc (Hons) degree programme, though this would always be at the discretion of the academic institution where you intended to undertake the programme.
Since September 2019, Education for Health no longer offers DipHE/BSc (Hons) programmes.

What are the entry requirements for this module?

All applicants for The Open University validated modules must be registered or working within the UK. All applicants should have sufficient competency in the English Language to successfully study at Level 5/6.

All learning materials, teaching and assessment are conducted in the English language. Students will need to apply this to an academic environment.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have sufficient proficiency in the English Language to undertake the module or programme to which they are registered.

If you plan to undertake one of our programmes, further entry requirements are required, please refer to our admissions policy.

Further information

We are committed to equality of opportunity. Our Disability Coordinator and Student Support Team provide advice and information and coordinate
arrangements for students. View our Support for Students with a Disability here.

Students have access to the eLearning materials for 18 months from the start date of their module.

How to apply

Click here to see all Long Term Conditions Management modules with dates.

To arrange a module in your area for 20+ students, contact our NHS Partnerships team by emailing and the NHS Partnerships Manager for your area will be in touch.