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Health and social care

HNC in Health and Social Care

Ashington Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:

EDEXCEL BTEC Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice Level 4

Start Date:
31 August

Who is the course for?

HNC in Health and Social care is a healthcare professional programme intended for those who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across the health and social care sector.

It will equip you for employment at a supervisory level by developing your higher-level skills, techniques as well as personal qualities and attitudes. In addition, it ll prepare you to progress to further professional development at a higher level if desired for example courses in nursing, midwifery or working with older adults.

This programme is highly work related and practical, there is an element of work placement required in this course.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

A Level 3 qualification e.g. a BTEC National Diploma, NVQ at Level 3 or an A Level equivalent in health and social care or a related subject including work experience within a health and social care environment is required and this should be equivalent to 48 UCAS points

Students must be able to read and communicate clearly and accurately enough to meet the requirements of this training. All candidates must undertake an interview, initial assessment and apply for or demonstrate DBS clearance to confirm that they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working with young people or vulnerable adults.

***PLEASE NOTE Applications should be made Via the UCAS site at***

UCAS Code:L511

What will I study on the course?

Modules/core modules:

- Communication

- Principles of HSC Practice

- Health and Safety

- Personal and Prof development

- Working in Partnership

- Empowering Users in HSC

- Safeguarding

- Physiological Principles

Validated by: Edexcel

Duration 1 year full time (Sept-June)

Level 4

Course Cost: £7000 fees for 18/19

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips.

Each unit or module will be assessed by a mixture of assignment, seminar, presentation and/or evidence from your work placement. There are no exams. You will be supported through tutor notes and materials which are available on Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. You will be required to complete research and development work independently beyond class and keep up to date, communicating regularly with your tutors if you cannot attend college.

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other Qualifications that will help you gain employment or progress such as counselling, English or maths.

EDEXCEL BTEC Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice Level 4

This course will aim to provide direct progression into HND Health and Social care or other Higher Education or Supervisory careers in HSC using the qualifications you have gained, and has been designed to appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds.

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Northumberland College is now part of the regional college group Education Partnership North East. The UCAS institution to apply for this programme is City of Sunderland College, with the institution code C69.

You should apply for this course through UCAS and search either by course or for City of Sunderland College.

Please use this link to the UCAS website

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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