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Healthcare Practice for England – Higher National Certificate (HNC) Level 4 – C7634

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Course Overview

The new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Healthcare Practice are designed to address an increasing need for high-quality professional and technical education at levels 4 and 5, providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or progression to further higher education study.

The purpose of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Healthcare Practice is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the healthcare sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Law, policy, and ethical practice in health and social care: build progressively from core underpinning legal principles and perspectives to national and international law on key topics within health and care practice. You will investigate the legal and policy framework related to health and care practice in different settings, leading to opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through targeted assignments.

Demonstrating professional principles and values in health and social care practice: this unit is intended to run alongside other units in this qualification to support you to gather evidence to compile a Professional Learning and Development Portfolio (PLAD). This captures evidence of learning and development against a framework of practice themes which forms the essential core running through the unit. The unit aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for you to reflect on your own and others’ daily practice and improve your own practice and professional development.

Supporting the individual journey through the integrated health and social care workplace: the aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of an individual’s right to being involved in their own care and develop students’ skills in promoting this right when working with individuals. This right is, in many cases, enshrined in law and in the fundamental standards of care.

Fundamentals of evidence-based practice: supporting the development of your knowledge and skills to understand the purpose and process of research in health and social care particularly in relation to promoting integrated approaches to care. You will carry out a literature review on a topic drawn from the practice themes aimed at quality improvement within wider health, care, or support service practice.

Health Education in Action: this unit will support the development of your knowledge, understanding, and skills regarding providing and supporting the provision of health education to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals accessing healthcare services. This unit will be of interest to those individuals wishing to pursue a career as a nurse, health advisor and in other healthcare-related professions where they will need to take part in health education initiative

Addressing Health Inequalities: exploring current public health issues will develop understanding of the factors that influence differences in health status across populations. You will analyse different types and levels of intervention in health protection. Health protection and the reduction of disease is an important public health role and you will review how healthcare professionals prevent and control the spread of disease. This unit will support progression to more senior roles with allied health professionals working in public health and can also support progression to continuing higher education in public health and health promotion-related degrees

Sociological and Psychological perspectives on Health: Developing healthcare professionals of the importance of sociological and psychological concepts in improving health status of service users. This unit is particularly suited to those interested in pursuing a career in health promotion, public health and counselling.

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the HNC should have a minimum of 48 UCAS points in a related Health and Social care qualification at Level 3 (BTEC Extended Diploma/Access to HE/ A Levels/T-Levels)

Applicants must also have GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above, equivalent level 2 qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills. Where English is not your first language, international applicants must have an IELTS Reading and writing score of 5.5 or above.

We will also consider applications from adult learners returning to education who don’t necessarily have the above qualifications but can demonstrate the ability to work to level 5. This includes:
– Related work experience
– An international equivalent of the above.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a range of methods such as exams, essays, research projects, and professional discussions. You will also be required to undertake a placement within their current workplace or as a volunteer placement.
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Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £6165.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

Following completion of the course, you may progress onto a range of roles in the health and social care industry such as support worker, wellbeing coordinator, or research assistant.
Alternatively, you may want to continue your education by taking a Higher National Diploma in healthcare practice or other relatable fields.
We have an independent careers advice service at Leicester College who are here to support you with your next steps and options.

What Happens Next

Applications to this full-time undergraduate course must be made through UCAS using course code C7634, institution code L36. If you haven’t started a UCAS application yet, and only want to apply to Leicester College, you can apply directly to us using our direct application form via the College website, and we will process a UCAS application on your behalf.

You may be invited to an interview. Interviews can be conducted in person, over the phone or via MS Teams at your preference.

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