Course Type / Attendance

Full Time, Part Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Health, Social Care and Childcare

Start Date

January and September

Course Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Regulatory Body


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Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at students who want to continue into higher education and also those who wish to pursue or advance their career in healthcare related fields.

BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for possible progression to the second or third year of a degree programme.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You must be 18 years of age or over and possess one of the following:

  • BTEC level 3 National Certificate/Diploma in Care/Health Studies.
  • AVCE/Advanced S/NVQ Level 3 in appropriate vocational area.
  • One A Level with passes (A*-B) or Two A Level passes (C grades) in relevant subjects
  • GCSE in Maths and English or equivalent Grade C or Grade 4 minimum
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Have at least 32 UCAS points

Students who have been out of education for some time: applications are also welcome from mature students with relevant substantial work experience in place of level 3 qualifications. Acceptance on the course may be subject to diagnostic assessment at interview.

You will also need to gain DBS Clearance.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

Accreditation of prior learning

If you have gained credit at another higher education provider, you may be able to receive accreditation of prior learning. For further information please contact the College’s admissions team on

What are the key things you'll learn?

The course is offered with two pathways:

  1. Integrated Health and Social Care pathway
  2. Public Health and Health Promotion


The programme structure includes mandatory core, mandatory specialist, specialist and optional units and

students are required to achieve 120 credits to pass the course. Each unit is equivalent to either 15 or 30 credits.


Example units at Level 4 include:

  1. Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care

2 Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice

3 Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care

4 Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice

5 Health Education in Action

8 Addressing Health Inequalities

17 Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services

9 Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill-Health

How you will learn

You will be taught through seminars, lectures and interactive workshops sessions.

You will also access self-study resource materials. Assessment methods may include formal written tasks; portfolio; presentations; independent learning; poster presentation; extensive research and enquiry; open-book exam; debated Issue and work-based learning on placement.


Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

All of the teaching is over one day (part-time) or two days (full-time) in the classroom, but you will be required to apply this to inform your learning in your work placement.

The programme includes a mandatory 225 hours work placement across the duration of the programme. Placements must be in a setting providing direct care to service users.

Please note that the 225 hours can be spread across more than one placement, but each placement must be attended for 100 hours as a minimum.

Your time-table will also include self-guided study time and tutorial time.


Independent learning

When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of teaching and learning activity and tutorials in class contact hours; of unsupervised independent learning including assignment preparation, reading and research; and finally of placement hours. Time will also be allocated for additional academic support as needed.

The following information gives you an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course per year (The course is taught over 30 teaching weeks per year):

Level 4 (full-time one year): 30 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and  learning activity

Teaching and learning activity                       360 hours

Placement:                                                     225 hours

Independent learning:                                     615 hours

Level 4 (part-time two years): 15 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and  learning activity

Teaching and learning activity                       180 hours

Placement:                                                     225 hours (spread across the two year duration)

Independent learning:                                     308 hours


Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Assessment and Feedback

There are formative assessment tasks spaced out within each unit underpinned by the unit grading criteria and a summative final module assessment at the end of each unit. Units will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

All deadlines must be met for hand in. We aim to provide you with written feedback within 10 working days on Formative tasks that have been submitted by the specified formative task hand in deadline.

We aim to provide you with feedback on summative unit assessments within 15 working days of the hand in date. One re-submission date will be provided for summative work that has been referred at the end of the unit.

Where could this course take you?

Public Health and Health Promotion pathway: Health educator, public health practitioner, wellbeing co-ordinator, voluntary sector field worker or research assistant, health improvement officer.

Integrated Health and Social Care pathway: Senior care assistant, senior support worker in a range of health and care settings, pathway tracker, integrated support worker, care navigator or co-ordinator.

What costs will you incur?

Course fees for 2018 entry: £5,999 one year full-time or £3000 per year for 2 years part-time.

DBS is compulsory and current fee is £44.

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied – hard copies and/or online.

Students are expected to provide own pens, paper, and folders. Students are expected to arrange own travel, including to placements.

It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Financial support

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page