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Higher National Certificate (HNC) Health & Social Care 2022 Entry

Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
Full-time or part-time
1 Year
£7,200 full-time/£3600 part-time per year
Entry Requirements
32 UCAS tariff points. Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels. Significant relevant prior learning and experience may be considered.
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The health and social care sectors are ever growing and developing and employ nearly a quarter of the UK workforce in a range of roles.  This course will give students the opportunity to examine the structure and development of the sectors both academically and through placement, giving the learner a solid grounding for further study of roles related to patient care. 

The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Healthcare Practice for England are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the health and social care sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in healthcare practice or related fields. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the health and social care sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training in healthcare related fields. 

The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England also embed a range of employability-related knowledge and skills specific to the health and social care sector. These are: 

  • Law, Regulation and Ethical Practice 
  • Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviour 
  • Health, Safety and Safeguarding through the Lifespan 
  • Valuing and Promoting Diversity, Difference and Inclusion 
  • Promoting Physical and Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing 

Full-time and part-time available - 1 year full-time/2 years part-time.

UCAS Code: H2S4

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 4
Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care 
Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice 
Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care 
Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project) 
Developing Operational Management Skills for Healthcare Practice 
Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services 
Plus, ONE optional unit which can be selected from the specialist and optional units. 

Entry requirements

32 UCAS tariff points. Level 3 qualification in any subject.

How will I be assessed

The assessment will integrate academic and vocational learning through assessments based on case studies and scenarios, developing a range of skills through practical experience in work placement demonstrating appropriate techniques and standards for the health and social care sectors.

Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills through a combination of coursework, practical activity and formal examinations. A wide range of assessment styles are employed, such as: practical work, portfolios of evidence, formal reports, seminars and presentations.

Graded exercises, weekly tasks, problem solving activities, flipped classroom actives and on-line revision tests/quizzes will be used as formative assessment tools to monitor your learning.

A full assignment schedule will be published at the beginning of the year to ensure that the workload is well balanced throughout the year.

The Health and Social Care Department also boasts a new Care Simulation Room that is equipped with an enormous range of opportunities for simulated assessment through role play and observations that will form part of the assessment process.

Skills you will learn

Throughout the one-year course students will develop skills in cognitive and problem-solving skills, adaptability and resilience, self-analysis and reflection, effective planning, communication skills, articulation of information, team building, academic writing and research skills.

Method of delivery

Delivery will consist of lectures, seminar and placement competencies, fully supported through the college’s “Blackboard” virtual learning environment. 

All the modules have embedded employability skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving, team working and interpersonal skills. The programme encourages lifelong learning by providing sufficient opportunity for self-directed learning and reflection, vital skills for all health and social care practitioners. 

Additional costs

Enhanced DBS with satisfactory clearance. Work placement dress code may require black trousers, suitable footwear and York College polo shirt.

Your next steps

After completing the HNC in Health and Social Care, students can progress on to the HND Health and Social Care to develop their skills and knowledge further. Successful completers can also progress directly into employment.

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