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Higher National Diploma (HND) 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
Completion of the HNC or other relevant Level 4 qualification or Significant relevant prior learning and experience may be considered.

Validated by: Pearson

The course will provide an overview of the structure and funding of the health and social care sectors and examine the principles of health and social care practice, backed up by personal and professional development which includes substantial work placement within the sector. Along with a range of transferable skills including personal development, research methods and highly regarded ‘soft skills’ such as team working and interpersonal skills preparing the student well for roles within the sector.  

Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. 

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England requires at least 450 hours of work experience/placement in health and/or social care settings and a Professional Learning and Development portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed over the two-year period of the qualification. 

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: H3S5

UCAS Institution Code: Y70

Level 5
Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project)
Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice
Managing Quality in Care Environments
Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments
Human Resource Management for Healthcare
Plus, an additional TWO optional units which can be selected from the specialist and optional units.

Entry requirements

Completion of a HNC or equivalent qualification in a relevant 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 active research skills, effective writing skills, analytical skills, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, decision-making, team building, exam preparation skills, digital literacy and competence in assessment methods used in higher education. 

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

Students completing the Level 5 HND in Healthcare Practice for England (Healthcare Assistant Practitioner) as part of a higher apprenticeship programme can progress directly into employment as Healthcare Assistant Practitioners, on successful completion of all elements of the Standard. Also, progression to non-clinical managerial, co-ordinator and supervisory roles in healthcare administration, operation and support services, e.g. information, office, patient services, estates, health improvement services.

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