BTEC Higher National Certificate in Health and Social Care is a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and with a strong work related emphasis. It provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the health and social care sector.
This course places a strong emphasis on development of transferable skills, e.g. effective oral and written communication, critical analysis, planning, problem solving, project management and team work, to ensure that graduates have the awareness to succeed in the changing health and social care environment.
You will explore key health and social care areas such as communication, health and safety, social context, working in partnership and professional development.
You will be given an opportunity to apply knowledge and practical skills gained in the workplace. You will do this through a work placement or paid employment.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Your studies will be supported by trips to trade exhibitions, career fairs and guest speakers from the industry. You will be assessed through individual and group projects, case studies, oral presentations, time-constrained and written assignments.
General Entry Requirements
you are under 21 years of age at the start of the course, you must have at least one
of the following:
At least one GCE A-level
pass. In addition, you should have appropriate supporting passes at GCSE
(including English and Maths at grade C or above) or Key Skills Level 2
qualifications in communication, IT and Application of Number or
A Level 3 qualification
such as: BTEC level 3 Diploma, National
Diploma, Advanced GNVQ/NVQ, AVCE/VCE, Foundation Certificate in a relevant subject
Access to Higher Education in a relevant subject
Apprenticeship with Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject
An equivalent foreign
Any other level 3
qualification in a relevant subject
If you are over 21 years of age, you may demonstrate a more
varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work
experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their
Careers and employability
BTEC HNC in Health and Social Care prepares you for a wide range of careers in health and social care institutions, e.g. hospitals, hospices, day centres and care homes. Career pathways include health promotion, welfare, social work, management, probation, education welfare, education support and occupational therapy.
You can also study further for a Higher National Diploma or degree in a related subject.
Pearson BTEC qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised by employers and professional organisations. The recognition of the BTEC Higher National Certificate is a way for students to prepare for jobs and careers in their chosen field through membership of relevant professional bodies.
What you will cover
You will study these modules:
Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations - 4
Principles of Health and Social Care Practice - 5
Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace - 4
Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care - 4
Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care - 5
The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care - 4
Safeguarding in Health and Social Care - 4
Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care - 4
Fees and Finance
Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes
Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2017/2018
Higher National Certificate
Higher National Diploma
Foundation Degree FdA
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2017/2018
Higher National Certificate
Higher National Diploma
Foundation Degree FdA
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
Undergraduate funding (2017/18)
Student Finance England
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detail information.
Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £8,430 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.
The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you will be eligible for.
If you are a part-time student you can apply now for a tuition fee loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,500 per year.
The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees and not on your household income.
The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.
For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £21,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https://www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan
Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.
Note: Before you apply, please make sure you have access to your email, prepared document scans (picture, passport, other supporting documents)
Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations - 4 [HNHS 101]
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ awareness of different forms of communication used in
health and social care settings and its importance for effective service delivery.
Learners will investigate the communication processes in health and social care settings
considering the barriers to communication and ways to overcome these barriers. Learners will
explore the process of communication and how effective communication can affect how
individuals feel about themselves. In addition, communication systems within organisations will
be critically examined and learners will gain an understanding of the legal frameworks
surrounding the recording of information about people. Learners will gain an understanding of the
use of information and communication technology as a tool in health and social care settings.
Learners should note that any direct investigation of communication in health and social care
placements or employment should be within the context of a job role. Due regard should be given
to the confidentiality of information if used to support assessment evidence for this unit.
Principles of Health and Social Care Practice - 5 [HNHS 102]
The aim of this unit is to develop understanding of the values, theories and policies underpinning
health and social care practice and the mechanisms that exist to promote good practice.
This unit develops understanding of the values and principles that underpin the practice of all
those who work in health and social care. Learners will consider theories and policies that
underpin health and social care practice and explore formal and informal mechanisms required
to promote good practice by individuals in the workforce, including strategies that can influence
the performance of others.
Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace - 4 [HNHS 103]
The aim of this unit is to develop learnersï¿½ understanding about their responsibilities in ensuring the health and safety of the health and social care workplace and the people within it.
Health and safety is an essential consideration for all practitioners in health and social care and this unit will enable learners to develop an understanding of the importance of continually monitoring the implementation of health and safety legislation and policies within any health and social care setting.
Learners will gain a clear understanding of the implications of relevant legislation for their own role and the implementation of policies and systems in their own workplace. The importance of record keeping, monitoring and review health and safety policies and procedures will also be considered.
Elements of this unit should be contextualised, where possible, to an appropriate setting relevant to learnersï¿½ workplace in health and social care.
Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care - 4 [HNHS 104]
The aim of this unit is to encourage learners to develop as reflective practitioners by applying
their understanding and skills to their own health and social care setting.
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop as reflective practitioners. A minimum
of 200 hours of work experience will be completed in order to achieve the unit. This practice will
provide the basis of evidence for assessment of the unit.
Learners’ practice, observations and learning in the workplace will be supplemented with wider
understanding and knowledge from all parts of the course.
Evidence of learning will be presented through a portfolio that reflects the learner’s ability as a
reflective practitioner. Planning, monitoring and revision of personal development plans would be
appropriate evidence for achieving personal targets and learning outcomes.
Evidence from workplace settings should be validated and authenticated by appropriately
qualified expert witnesses.
It is essential that learners and assessors respect the confidentiality of information from the
workplace at all times.
Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care - 5 [HNHS 105]
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop understanding of the importance of working
positively in partnership with others in health and social care.
Working in partnership is a key element of practice within health and social care. The concepts of
power sharing, consultation and joint ways of working are essential for effective service provision.
Health and social care professionals need to understand the importance of promoting autonomy
with individuals. They also need to be aware of their own roles and responsibilities and how they
relate to others within the sector.
Learners will explore the nature of partnership on three levels. First they will examine
partnerships with users of services that empower individuals to make informed decisions and
encourage independence. Second they will consider partnerships between different professionals
within health and social care and explore inter-agency working. Finally, they will investigate
organisational partnerships and examines different ways of joint working at a strategic level.
Learners will study a range of theories and research findings relating to partnership philosophies
and joint working practices. Methods of promoting positive partnership working will be analysed
along with relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures. Learners will also
examine strategies to improve the outcomes of partnership working for users of services,
professionals and organisations.
The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care - 4 [HNHS 108]
The aim of this unit is to help learners gain understanding of sociological concepts and their
application to policy making and care practice in health and social care.
This unit enables learners to gain understanding of the nature of contemporary society. Learners
will explore how society is structured in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, social class, family and
households. Learners will also consider the impact of marriage, partnership formation and
relationship breakdown on health and wellbeing.
The focus of the unit will be to consider the impact that social inequalities in society have on
policy-making and care practice in health and social care. Learners will examine the factors that
contribute to health and wellbeing from sociological perspectives and will explore health
inequalities. Learners will develop an understanding of how social factors influence the provision
and delivery of health and social care services and their role as a key determinant affecting health
and social care outcomes for individuals.
Safeguarding in Health and Social Care - 4 [HNHS 110]
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop an understanding of the factors of abuse, and study the working practices and strategies to reduce and prevent its occurrence.
The unit enables learners to understand the different types of abuse that can occur within the community. Learners will study the signs of abuse and factors that can contribute towards individuals being vulnerable.
This will be followed by identifying legislation and policies that are in place and how professionals work within the guidelines and professional standards to safeguard both practitioners and users of health and social care services.
Learners will consider the multi-agency approach and look at the strategies that are in place for all health and social care professionals to work together to minimise occurrences of abuse in health and social care contexts. Finally learners will consider the effectiveness of these working practices and strategies.
Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care - 4 [HNHS 112]
The aim of this unit is to provide a holistic overview of the structure and functioning of the human body as appropriate for those working in health and social care.
The focus of this unit is on how the body functions as a whole rather than on detailed anatomy and physiology from a biological perspective. The emphasis is on exploring those aspects of body functioning which impact on care delivered in health and social care settings.
Learners will gain an understanding of the main structures of the body and the appropriate terminology encountered when working with health professionals. Learners need to recognise the names of key structures, their positions in the body and main functions. They will explore the purpose behind gathering routine data from individuals accessing health and social care services as well as routine variations.