Course Type / Attendance

Full Time

Subject Area

Health, Social Care and Childcare

Start Date

January and September

Course Length

2 Years


Washington Campus, Placement


Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

BTEC Higher National Diploma

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Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at students who want to continue into higher education and who wish to pursue or advance their career in healthcare and social care related fields. BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will also prepare them for possible progression to the 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

  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in Care/Health Studies.
  • AVCE/Advanced S/NVQ Level 3 in appropriate vocational area.
  • A Level with four passes (A*‐C) at GCSE including Maths and
  • English or equivalent level 2
  • An Access to Higher Education qualification
  • Have at least 32 UCAS points
  • Applications are also welcome from mature students with
    relevant work experience.
  • You will also need to gain DBS Clearance.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The course includes both mandatory and optional units.
Examples of some of the units are detailed below:

  • 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 Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence‐based Practice (Integrated health pathway)
  • Effective Reporting and Record‐keeping in Health and Social Care Services (Integrated health pathway)
  • Health Education in Action (Public Health and Health Promotion pathway)
  • Addressing Health Inequalities (Public Health and Health Promotion pathway)

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 include formal written tasks; presentations; independent learning; poster presentation; extensive research and enquiry; debated Issue and work‐based learning on placement. There will be awarding body set assignments in addition to tutor set assignments and practice based assignments where students will develop a Practical Learning, Assessment and Development Portfolio of evidence from the placement

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?

2017 Tuition Fee: £5,999 per year

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.