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The HND in Health Care Practice is a two-year programme that offers a flexible choice of subject areas and progression opportunities. The programme aims to prepare and equip students with knowledge, understanding and skills for a range of careers within the health and social care sector.

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is a highly regarded, nationally and internationally recognised, undergraduate level programme, equivalent to the first and second year of a university degree course. The course is Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework and has been designed to offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development, alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding of health and social care related areas, both in the UK and overseas.

There is now a greater emphasis on employer engagement and work readiness. The new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Health Care Practice are designed to reflect this increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment and to progression to a degree at Level 6.

The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required required for the sector, and the national recognition by employers can allow progression into employment.

What areas will I study?

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

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

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Innovation and improvement through action research (Pearson-set project)
  • Reflective approaches in implementing person-centred practice
  • 20: Care planning processes in healthcare practice
  • Supporting individuals through significant life events
  • Supporting team and partnership working across health and social care services
  • Holistic approaches to health promotion
  • Complementary therapies in healthcare practice

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- 14 September 2020 Duration: 2 Academic years £6165.00 2 Academic years -

UCAS Application Information

Institution Code Name: SCCB
Institution Code: S20
Course Code: 099L
Click here to apply for this course on UCAS website.