Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care

These programmes are equivalent to the first and second year of undergraduate studies in HND Health and social care and are designed for learners who are over 18 years old and who do not have the standard entry qualifications for direct entry into University programmes in HND Health and Social Care.

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COURSE DURATION

Level 4 HNC – 1 Year (Full-time)
Level 5 HND – 2 Years (Full-time)

AWARDING INSTITUTION

The qualification is awarded by Pearson Education.

CERTIFICATION

The final certificate is issued by Pearson Education to successful student.

COURSE FEES

£6,165 per year

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COURSE OVERVIEW

The Higher Nationals Health and Social Care originate from a vocational setting and have been designed to enable progression from a vocational route as well as from academic study.

The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the HND Health and Social Care sector. BTEC Higher Nationals offer a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in the sector.

Learners are attracted to these strong vocational programmes of study that meet individual progression needs either into employment or further study for a degree or professional course.

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Course Aims / Objectives

The Level 4/5 HNC/HND Diploma in Health and Social care has been designed to develop knowledge and understanding of management and supervision required in various HND health and social care sectors and to focus on:

  • Providing opportunities to acquire transferable skills and knowledge which will facilitate the transition through changing circumstances whether moving within a particular area of employment or moving up to a supervisory or management position or adapting to general changes in the provision.
  • Providing opportunities for a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment as manager or supervisor.
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A level 3 qualification, such as BTEC National Diploma in Health & Social Care or other level 3 qualifications related to the sector or
  • GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in the relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C.
  • A current enhanced DBS Certificate – should not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working with young people or vulnerable adults.
  • A satisfactory level of Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Pass an initial assessment test (Level 1 in literacy and numeracy with in-depth proficiency in writing is required).

English Proficiency

Applicants whose primary qualification was obtained in a non-English speaking country must also achieve an English test such as IELTS 5.5 or other equivalent tests as defined by the regulators.

Course Structure

The Level 4 HNC Diploma consists of 8 units including a mandatory 200 hours of work experience. It consists of a minimum of 120 credits with 90 credits at Level 4. The mandatory core units are 75 credits and the specialist units are 45 credits. On successful completion of the HNC Diploma, the learner will gain direct access to the Level 5 HND Diploma.

The Level 5 HND Diploma consists of a total of 16 units including a mandatory 200 hours of work experience. This constitutes a minimum of 240 credits. There are  6 mandatory core units (95 credits) and 10 specialist units.

Embedded within the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF) qualification is the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma Health and Social Care qualification. Thus, in order to achieve the HND qualification, a learner must achieve the HNC units which make up 8 of the 16 units in the HND qualification. The core and specialist units that are combined in the BTEC Level 4 HNC and 5 HND Diploma.

Level 4 HNC Units

Unit
Unit Title
GLH
Unit Level
Unit Credit

    Core Unit

Communicating in HND Health and Social Care Organisations

60

4

15

Core Unit

Principles of Health and Social Care Practice

60

5

15

Core Unit

Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace

60

4

15

Core Unit

Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care

60

4

15

Core Unit

Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care

60

5

15

 Specialist unit

Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care

60

4

15

 Specialist unit

Safeguarding in Health and Social Care

60

4

15

 Specialist unit

Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services

60

4

15

Completing these units will award a student the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Level 5 HND Units

Unit
Unit Title
GLH
Unit Level
Unit Credit

  Core Unit

Research Project

60

5

20

Specialist unit

The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care

60

4

15

Specialist unit

Managing Quality in Health and Social Care

60

5

15

Specialist unit

Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care

60

5

15

Specialist unit

Supporting Significant Life Events

60

5

15

Specialist unit

Supporting Independent Living

60

5

15

  Specialist unit

Health Promotion

60

5

15

  Specialist unit

Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care

60

4

15

Course Duration

  • Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF): 1 Year Full-time
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF): 2 Years Full-time

Work-based Learning/ Work Placement

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF) provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in the workplace. This is achieved by demonstrating at least 200 hours of work placement or part-time employment experience in suitable health and social care sectors in partial fulfillment of Unit 4: Personal and professional development in HND Health and Social Care. Learners will develop a portfolio as evidence of work experience.

Mode of Delivery

We allocate a minimum of 395 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) for the HNC qualification and 790 GLHs for the HND qualification. Students are however required to follow Pearson prescribed Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) in relation to mandatory and optional units and are expected to undertake self-directed learning including research.

The programme is delivered through a variety of methods which are helpful for learners to link theory and practice. Students are encouraged to become reflective practitioners. They will study various theories and legislation, learn how to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate.

The course includes face-to-face training days, one to one tutorials, workplace assessment and the completion of all mandatory and optional assignments as well as preparation of a portfolio for the 200 hours of work based learning. During this programme, there will be opportunities for workshops, discussions, and group work to support what has been studied. All students will be guided at every step towards achieving their goals.

The course is assessed by assignments. A variety of assessment methods include, essays, reports, reflective journals, portfolio development, case study analysis, oral presentations, information packs and newsletters. Each unit is assessed by a qualified Tutor/Assessor and internally verified by an Internal Verifier. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Moderation

In order to make the assessment as fair as possible, a system of moderation has been put in place. LSME undertakes stringent assessment activities and internal moderation, whilst Pearson periodically undertakes an external moderation exercise. The final results are then presented to the LSME Board of Examiners for  final approval. The final grades are then entered on the Pearson portal for final certification.

Post Qualification

Successful completion of the HNC course allows students to gain direct entry to the second year of the HND Health & Social Care course at London School of Management Education.

On successful completion of the HND course, students can gain entry to the final year of an undergraduate degree course at any University in the UK which accepts Pearson qualifications. They can also obtain admission into university for a three year level 6 qualification in professions related to health and social care including a qualification in social work.

There is also an opportunity for progression in employment to take up a managerial or supervisory role within the sector.

NB: The College reserves the right not to run this programme if less than 15 students are recruited.

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