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The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Healthcare Practice is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the healthcare sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Students study a general healthcare practice pathway for one year in order to achieve the HNC, upon completion students are given the option to continue their studies onto the Higher National Diploma, the HND provides students with the option to study one of the following pathways:

HND Healthcare Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care) HND Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management) HND Healthcare Practice (Public Health and Health Promotion

Course description

The HNC provides an insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the healthcare sector, recognising the importance of collaboration. This course will equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values and will provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in healthcare, or progress to higher education qualifications such as, Public Health, Healthcare Administration or a related area.

The HNC in Healthcare Practice will support students to understand the local, regional and global context of healthcare practice, management and health promotion and, for those students with a global outlook, to aspire to international career pathways. It also provides students with opportunities to address contemporary health and care issues facing the sector, and society at large, with particular emphasis on integrated and compassionate care, and person-centred approaches to providing healthcare to individuals across their lifespan

Year 1 (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 the integrated health and social care workplace
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice (Pearson set)
  • Health education in action *Addressing health inequalities
  • Effective reporting and record keeping in health and social care

Students will also be required to undertake a placement within their current workplace or as a volunteer placement.

What areas will I study?

  • Law, policy and ethical practice in health and social car (15 credits) The Learning Outcomes in this unit build progressively from core underpinning legal principles and perspectives to national and international law on key topics within health and care practice. Students will investigate the legal and policy framework related to health and care practice in different settings, leading to opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through targeted assignments.

  • Demonstrating professional principles and values in health and social care practice (30 credits) This unit is intended to run alongside other units in this qualification in order that students may gather evidence to compile a Professional Learning and Development Portfolio (PLAD) which captures evidence of learning and development against a framework of Practice Themes which forms the essential core running through the unit. The unit aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for students to reflect on their own and others’ daily practice and improve students’ own practice and professional development

  • Supporting the individual journey through the integrated health and social care workplace (15 credits) The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of an individual’s right to being involved in their own care and develop students’ skills in promoting this right when working with individuals. This right is, in many cases, enshrined in law and in the fundamental standards of care.

  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice (15 credits) The aim of this unit is to develop students’ knowledge and skills to understand the purpose and process of research in health and social care particularly in relation to promoting integrated approaches to care. Students will carry out a literature review on a topic drawn from the Practice Themes aimed at quality improvement within wider health, care or support service practice

  • Health education in action (15 credits) This unit will support the development of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills regarding providing and supporting the provision of health education to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals accessing healthcare services. This unit will be of interest to those individuals wishing to pursue a career as a nurse, health advisor and in other healthcare-related professions where they will need to take part in health education initiative

  • Addressing health inequalities (15 credits) In this unit, students will explore current public health issues and will develop understanding of the factors that influence differences in health status across populations. Students will analyse different types and levels of intervention in health protections. Health protection and the reduction of disease is an important public health role and students will review how healthcare professionals prevent and control the spread of disease. This unit will support progression to more senior roles with allied health professionals working in public health and can also support progression to continuing higher education in public health and health promotion-related degrees

  • Effective reporting and record keeping in health and social care (15 credits) This unit is intended to introduce students to the process of reporting and recording information in health, care or support services; it will allow them to recognise the legal requirements and the regulatory body recommendations when using paper or computers to store information, as well as the correct methods of disposing of records. This unit will enable students to recognise the importance of accurate recording and appropriate sharing of information and be able to keep and maintain records appropriately in their workplace.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 1 Academic year £6165.00 (Per Academic Year) 1 Academic year -

UCAS Application Information

Institution Name: South & City College Birmingham
UCAS Code: C476
Click here to apply for this course on UCAS website.