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HNCD Health and Social Care

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If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS. UCAS Code: H3S5. Institution code Y70.

If you wish to study part-time follow the 'apply' link at the top of this page and fill out a York College application form.

Click here to view York College’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and an explanation on how fee income will be used to support students.


This course will provide you with a knowledge and understanding of core issues in Health and Social Care, and the skills required for employment.

A Higher National Diploma qualification will provide you with an indepth understanding of the key concepts and practical skills required for a more senior role within the health and social care sector. This nationally recognised qualification allows for direct progression in to employment, with a key focus on developing practical skills alongside building the knowledge and understanding of the underpinning theoretical elements.

Our Approach

The programme provides the knowledge and skills needed to work in a range of roles within both health and social care. Emphasis on practical skill development, alongside the requisite knowledge and understanding, is an important component of the course. You will learn through applied practical work and develop skills to critically analyse information and develop knowledge skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace.

Course Themes

  • Public health contexts
  • Promoting health
  • Research in health and social care
  • Roles and responsibilities in care
  • Growth and development
  • Anatomy and physiology for care practitioners
  • Care and communication

Did You Know?

This course will provide you with a wide range of practical skills that could potentially provide the basis of a number of different careers in the health sector.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Communication skills
  • Organisational and Problem Solving Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Campaign Planning and Promotion
  • Critical Thinking
  • Accuracy and Attention to Detail
  • Report Writing and Data Analysis
  • Time Management

Career Progression

  • Senior Healthcare Assistant
  • Healthcare Administration Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Substance Misuse Worker
  • Occupational Therapy Support Worker
  • Recovery Worker
  • Wellbeing Coordinator
  • Public Health Practitioner
  • Smoking Cessation Advisor
  • Health Improvement Officer

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a HNC or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.


Full time: £7200 (pro-rata for part-time) 

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