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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 for the sector, and the national recognition by employers can allow progression into employment.

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
  • 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

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 (Pearson set) (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: 2 Academic years £6165.00 (Per Academic Year) 2 Academic years -

UCAS Application Information

Institution Name: South & City College Birmingham
UCAS Code: D473
Click here to apply for this course on UCAS website.