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Health Social

Validated by Pearson.

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.


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.

Our Approach

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.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of HNC or other relevant level 4 qualification.

Or Significant relevant prior learning and experience may be considered.

Work Placement Requirement

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.

Course Length

The course will run for one year (full-time only or 2 year part-time) split into two semesters of 15 weeks per academic year, with the option to return for a second year (full time or 2 further years part-time) to complete level 5 units and achieve a higher national diploma (HND).

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

Dates and Times

Course begins September 2021 and will typically run over two days a week full-time.

Course Modules

Year 2 (Level-5) core units:

  • 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.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Active research skills  
  • Effective writing skills  
  • Analytical skills  
  • Critical thinking  
  • Creative problem-solving  
  • Decision-making  
  • Team building   
  • Exam preparation skills  
  • Digital literacy  
  • Competence in assessment methods used in higher education.

Career Progression

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. Alsoprogression 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.


£7200,00 (Pro-rata for part-time at £3600,00 per year). Student Finance England funding is available via the direct.gov website.

Additional Costs

Work placement dress code may require black trousers and York College polo shirt.

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