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Diploma in Health & Family Life Education (HFLE) Instruction

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As Caribbean youth continue to face several challenges and as social structures erode over time, the well-being of children remains a primary concern of educators. Traditional educational approaches have not been able to adequately develop the attitudes in children that support healthy lifestyles. Consequently, Health and Family Life  Education (HFLE) programmes have been adopted in schools across the Caribbean as a strategy aimed to transform thinking, behaviours, attitudes and lifestyle habits of children.  This programme is expected to help children to develop effective coping skills for the challenges of everyday life and to help them move more confidently into adulthood. The HFLE Instruction Diploma programme is designed to assist in-service teacher to hone specialised pedagogical skills to deliver HFLE programmes across age groups in their own schools

 What is this programme about?

The HLFE Instruction is a regional professional development diploma programme delivered across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It is a one-year programme which focuses on HFLE instructional strategies. This life-skills-based programme will:

  • Expand the knowledge base of participants by introducing a range of methodologies and new instructional approaches that are adaptable in the teaching of children in schools.
  • Provide participants with the tools to assist children to develop the life skills  as well as adopt positive attitudes and behaviours that encourage healthy social existence

This video link provides information on the aims and achievements of the teaching of HFLE in schools across the Caribbean. Please click on the link below and using the password shown, to access the video.

Password: hfle


Who is this programme for?

HFLE Instruction is designed primarily for in-service teachers involved in HFLE programmes as well as for those who will become involved in the future, or even those with an interest in HFLE. Professionals such as guidance counselors, social workers and others, may also participate.


Programme Structure

 The diploma is designed as a one-year professional development programme consisting of six (6) courses. Each course will yield 3-credit courses and a total of eighteen (18) credits will be amassed over one year.

The courses are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Health and Family Life Instruction
  2. Life Skills Education
  3. Self and Interpersonal Relationships
  4. Sexuality and Sexual Health
  5. Appropriate Eating and Fitness
  6. Managing the Environment

When will the programme start?

The programme starts in August of the academic year.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following sets of criteria:

  • In-service teachers who have completed formal training in their local Teachers ’Colleges and are involved in the delivery of HFLE in their schools, will all be openly accepted into the programme.


  • Persons of the age of 21 years and over. These persons may have been out of  secondary school for at least five (5) years but have demonstrated academic potential, have gained relevant knowledge and work place experience, would be required to present with theirapplications full details of their qualifications –a document showing their knowledge development and employment record; an official academic transcript: certificates, documents and references; and a willingness to undertake tests and/or attend interviews if required.


  • Applicants who are not in-service teachers and who have not been formally trained by a Teachers’College, should ideally meet the requirements of five (5) CXC passes with English Language at Grades 1-3 or a pass in English Language at  CAPE.

Note:  An acceptable pass at CXC is a pass with Grades I, II or III at the General Proficiency level. Grade III is accepted with effect from May/June 1998. (The same subject cannot be counted at both CXC General Proficiency and GCE Ordinary Level.)


English Language Proficiency Examination

Academic Preparation

Prior to the start of the programme all new participants must take part in an orientation programme held in August of an academic year. This orientation introduces learners to online study and prepares them for the demands of a UWI Open Campus online professional Diploma programme.

Course of Study
Level 1 
Life Skills Education
Introduction to Health and Family Life Instruction
Level 2 
Sexuality and Sexual Health
Self and Interpersonal Relationships
Level 3 
Managing the Environment
Appropriate Eating and Fitness