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Higher National Diploma in Health & Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care

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Award   Higher National Diploma  HND Course Title   Health & Social Care
UCAS Code   015L Award Level   QCF 5
Start Dates   September and January Study Mode  Part-Time [3 years]
Awarding Body  Pearson BTEC
  1. Entry Requirements
  2. Course Overview
  3. Course Structure
  4. Course Content
  5. Progression
  6. Professional Recognition
  7. Fees
  8. Apply Online

Course Overview

BTEC Higher National Diploma 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, specific needs, social context and working in partnership. You will also study quality management, psychology, counselling 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

    If 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 equivalent.
    • 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
    • Advanced Modern Apprenticeship with Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject
    • Baccalaureate/International Baccalaureate
    • An equivalent foreign qualification
    • 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 work sector.

Progression

BTEC HND in Health and Social Care prepares students 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.

On successful completion of your Higher National Diploma you can progress directly to a 1-year BA (Hons) degree top up.


Professional Recognition

Pearson BTEC qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised by employers and professional organisations.

The recognition of the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is a way for students to prepare for jobs and careers in their chosen field through membership of relevant professional bodies. 

Course Structure

    To qualify for the Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care students must complete at least 240 credits.

    A minimum of 65 credites must be at level 4 and a minimum of 125 credits must be at level 5.


Year 1
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
HNHS 101Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations - 4415
HNHS 102Principles of Health and Social Care Practice - 5515
HNHS 103Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace - 4415
HNHS 104Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care - 4415
HNHS 105Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care - 5515
HNHS 108The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care - 4415
HNHS 110Safeguarding in Health and Social Care - 4115
HNHS 112Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care - 4115


Year 2
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
HNHS 106Research Project - 5520
HNHS 113Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care - 4415
HNHS 115Psychology for Health and Social Care - 4415
HNHS 116Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care - 5515
HNHS 119Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care - 5515
HNHS 121Supporting Significant Life Events - 5515
HNHS 127Managing Quality in Health and Social Care - 5515
HNHS 129Health Promotion - 5515

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2013/2014

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Yearly Fees
International Students
Duration
Foundation Diploma £1,687.50 £2,493.00 2 years
Higher National Certificate
(excludes Engineering)
£2,730.00 £2,975.00 2 years
Higher National Diploma
(excludes Engineering)
£3,640.00 £3,967.00 3 years
Higher National Certificate
Engineering
£2,730.00 £3,300.00 2 years
Higher National Diploma
Engineering
£3,640.00 £4,400.00 3 years
Postgraduate Diploma £1,993.00 £2,820.00 2 years
Postgraduate Standard Diploma £2,360.00 £3,350.00 1 year
Top up degree programmes
New/Current Students
(excluding Enginneering)
£2,730.00 £2,975.00 2 years
Top up degree programmes
New/Current Students
Enginneering
£2,730.00 £3,300.00 2 years

Important Notes

  • The above tuition fees do not include textbooks, study materials or accommodation fees.
  • 5% discount is offered to self-paying students who settle the annual tuition fees in full before the start of the course. This discount applies only when the annual fee is £4000.00+.
  • Administrative charges of £100.00 or £150.00 apply to payments by installments (please refer to payment policy for details).
  • Additional fees per module apply to re-assessments and re-take modules.
  • A graduation fee of £200.00 will be charged to all students attending the Graduation Ceremony.Students who do not wish to attend their Graduation Ceremony will be charged £30
    £200 graduation certification fee, depending on the award and additional services requested (eg apostille, international postage, notary public certification, etc). These charges are due on the final year of study.

Home Students

To be classified as a home student for the purpose of tuition fee payment:
  • you must be a British or EU national
  • you must have resided in the European Union for three years prior to the start of your course
The three year residence rule also applies to you if you have:
  • an indefinite leave to remain in the UK visa
  • a spouse/partner/dependent visa
  • any other visa which permits you to remain and work in the UK without any restrictions

Online Application

Note: Before you apply, please make sure you have access to your email, prepared document scans (picture, passport, other supporting documents)

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Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations - 4 [HNHS 101]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    The aim of this unit is to develop learners� 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 learners� workplace in health and social care.


Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care - 4 [HNHS 104]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Specialist

    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]

Unit type:Specialist

    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]

Unit type:Specialist

    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.


Research Project - 5 [HNHS 106]

Unit type:Core

    This unit aims to develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to theirThis unit is designed to develop learners’ understanding and confidence in the use of techniques and methods appropriate for research in health and social care. Learners will be expected to consider the elements that make up formal research, including the proposal, and methodologies. They will also action plan carry out the research and presenting their findings. Learners will also consider ethical aspects of formal research. higher education programme and professional development.

    This unit is designed to develop learners’ understanding and confidence in the use of techniques and methods appropriate for research in health and social care. Learners will be expected to consider the elements that make up formal research, including the proposal, and methodologies. They will also action plan carry out the research and presenting their findings. Learners will also consider ethical aspects of formal research.

    The topic of the research project is dependent on the learner’s focus of interest within the context of their programme of study and experience in health and social care, with due regard to ethical constraints of research in this sector. The unit gives learners the opportunity to draw together learning from several aspects of their study into a coherent holistic piece of work that makes a positive contribution to their area of interest. Learners should seek approval from their tutors before starting the study.


Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care - 4 [HNHS 113]

Unit type:Specialist

    The aim of this unit is to enable the learner to understand the processes involved in the recruitment, management and development of people in the health and social care workplace.

    In this unit learners will investigate the processes involved in the management of individuals in the health and social care workplace. This not only includes the recruitment of the most appropriate personnel but importantly the support of employees in carrying out their work effectively in teams and developing their knowledge and skills so that they can contribute to the delivery of a quality service. Learners will contextualise these elements within the relevant legal and policy frameworks. In addition, learners will explore the influence of management style and organisational factors on the effectiveness of teams.

    This unit is particularly appropriate for learners who have experience of leadership and management of work groups, including involvement in the recruitment of staff.


Psychology for Health and Social Care - 4 [HNHS 115]

Unit type:Specialist

    The aim of this unit is to develop understanding of the psychological factors which influence human behaviour throughout the lifespan and how these apply to health and social care settings.

    This unit will enable learners to understand the psychological factors which influence human behaviour and the effects these factors may have on users of health and social care services. Learners will focus on the basic approaches to understanding human behaviour drawn from psychology. These will include behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and psychodynamic approaches. Learners will also draw on use of concepts from psychology and sociology such as lifespan development, interactionism, deviance theory, anthropology and socialisation.

    The focus of the unit will be on the changing roles of individuals throughout the lifespan. The unit has been designed to develop learners understanding of those who use health and social care services through the application of psychological and sociological concepts. This understanding underpinning professional practice enables service providers to enhance and maintain the social functioning (valued roles) of individuals in health and social care settings. This unit also develops knowledge and understanding of the nature of social functioning and how valued roles are determined.


Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care - 5 [HNHS 116]

Unit type:Specialist

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain insight into the ways that health and social care services empower users with specific needs to access the services they need easily.

    Because meeting the diverse demands of individuals with specific requirements is integral to the work of our health and social care services, learners considering a career in these fields will need to know the ways that services respond to these demands. Learners will find out how a specific need is defined and how perceptions of individuals with such needs are influenced and can change over time. The care requirements of individuals with specific needs will be investigated, together with the way in which legislation, organisations and services support such needs. Learners will have the opportunity to develop understanding of the impact the approaches and interventions have on individuals (particularly those who display challenging behaviour) and how, in turn, their needs affect the ways that services are provided. Whilst learners will be able to develop an overview of the range of specific needs, they may focus their study on those special needs relevant to their employment, voluntary work or placement.


Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care - 5 [HNHS 119]

Unit type:Specialist

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to research how contemporary issues of concern develop and how public perspectives subsequently influence the development of health and social care services.

    This unit will develop learners’ understanding of factors that can influence the public debate on matters relating to health and social care. Learners will analyse the methods used to bring information to the public arena for debate, and the validity and reliability of that information. Class debate and discussion may be used to analyse the factors that affect the development of public opinion. Learners will explore how a range of health and social care issues are presented in the media and then monitor the development of a particular issue over time. Learners will develop a portfolio of media coverage on the specific issue of interest, and analyse the interrelationships between public opinion of the issue and the development of related social policy.


Supporting Significant Life Events - 5 [HNHS 121]

Unit type:Specialist

    In this unit learners will investigate how individuals may be supported through expected and unexpected transitions associated with the human life cycle and with adjustment to change such as entering, moving within, or leaving a health and social care service. The responsibilities of ensuring that a service is responsive to the needs of individuals experiencing trauma and loss will be discussed. Learners will look at ways in which health and social care services may contribute to the maintenance of dignity and self-image for those experiencing trauma and loss. Learners will also explore how staff working with individuals experiencing significant life events may also be supported. This unit is recommended for those learners who have had experience of managing health and social care services.

Managing Quality in Health and Social Care - 5 [HNHS 127]

Unit type:Specialist

    The aim of this unit is to help learners develop an understanding of different perspectives on health and social care service quality and how it is evaluated in order to empower and involve users of services.

    Quality is an essential component of health and social care services and a concept with many different interpretations and perspectives. It is important to both users of health and social care services and external stakeholders. In this unit learners will gain knowledge of these differing perspectives and consider ways in which health and care service quality may be improved. Improvement of service quality requires both the empowerment and involvement of users of services, as well as addressing the requirements of external regulatory bodies. Learners will explore the requirements of external regulators and contrast them with the expectations of those who use services. Learners will also gain knowledge of some of the methods that can be used to assess different quality perspectives, and develop the ability to evaluate these methods against service objectives.

    Health and social care is a high contact service industry, and learners will be introduced to some of the concepts of managing service quality with an aim of achieving continuous improvement and exceeding minimum standards.


Health Promotion - 5 [HNHS 129]

Unit type:Specialist

    Practitioners who work in health and social care require an understanding of the influences on the health of the individuals with whom they work. This unit will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of pertinent issues and also factors which prevent some individuals from accessing health support. Learners will investigate a range of influences on health and also reasons for the varied success of health promotion campaigns and strategies. Reference is made to the role of national and regional strategies and professionals. Theories of health behaviour are examined and linked with government strategies to improve the health of individuals in society. Potential conflicts between local industry and health promotion are considered, for example anti-smoking campaigns and parents employed within the tobacco industry. Learners are invited to plan a health promotion campaign for a specific group in society, which could be conducted within their own workplace in order to provide a context for the unit.

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