The Reducing Risk of Long Term Conditions Level 6 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 6 module, which carries 30 CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme) points.

Where will I study and for how long?
This is a six months distance eLearning course. It has a notional study time of 300 hours which includes time to study learning materials and complete assessments.

How is this module assessed and what is the criteria for a pass?
Assignment 1 60% of overall mark

You are required to write an essay of 3000 words exploring the development and implementation of a service development plan for addressing health and well-being and the prevention of long term conditions within your area of work, or your community. Your work should include an appraisal of the evidence that underpins strategies for addressing the prevention of long term conditions, how your plan will be implemented and how this will then be monitored and evaluated.

Assignment 2 40% of overall mark

You are required to submit a short presentation which could be used to present to your colleagues and/or patients to explain the key points of value of your service development. You may be imaginative in your chosen presentation format, but you will be marked on the content and not artistic merit (1500 word equivalent).

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 can enable progression to DipHE/BSc (Hons) degree programme at Education for Health. More information on our programmes can be found here or contact our Programme Administrators at

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.