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BTEC Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice

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1: Why choose a BTEC Higher National qualification in Healthcare Practice (formerly Health and Social Care)?

The purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications 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. BTEC Higher Nationals include a Level 4 Certificate (HNC) and a Level 5 Diploma (HND). The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to help students secure the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They represent the latest in professional standards and provide opportunities for students to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project, or responding to a client brief.

At the same time the BTEC Higher Nationals are intended to keep doors open for future study should a student wish to progress further in their education after their level 5 study. They do this by allowing space for the development of higher education study skills, such as the ability to research.

Key Information

Starting DatesJanuary / April / September
Mode of StudyFull-time
DurationHNC – One yar /HND – Two years
Awarding BodyPearson
AwardPearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in
Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management)
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in
Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management)
Price Per YearFull Time £6,000/year
2: Who are these qualifications for?

The BTEC HNC/ HND in Healthcare Practice is aimed at you if you want to continue your education through applied learning! Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the health and social care sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in healthcare practice or related fields.

In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the health and social care sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

3: Who awards the qualifications?

The BTEC Higher National qualifications are awarded by Pearson and The City College works in partnership with this organisation to deliver the programme. As the awarding organisation, Pearson has approved The City College to offer a variety of HND qualifications. The College’s management team is then responsible for ensuring that the quality of the provision offered meets Pearson’s exacting conditions and standards.

Quality is monitored regularly through visits from Pearson’s External Examiners and a regular Pearson Annual Management Review.

4: Qualification numbers

The Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) qualification numbers are as follows:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice: 603/2293/7
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice: 603/2294/9
5: Why choose BTEC?

BTECs are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. BTECs provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study at university and are also designed to meet the needs of employers. Therefore, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5.

6: Aims of the Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND in Healthcare Practice

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through specialist pathways and the selection of optional units across a range of occupationally relevant subjects at Level 4. This effectively builds underpinning core and specialist skills while preparing the student for further subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and workplace learning and experience.

Holders of the Level 4 HNC will be able to demonstrate sound knowledge of the basic concepts, values and principles of healthcare practice, and the skills to perform effectively as a support worker in a number of different settings in the healthcare sector. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the behaviours and qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to healthcare practice, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

Holders of the Level 5 HND will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

7: Programme Structure

The programme at Level 4 and Level 5 follows the ‘Healthcare Management’ pathway. The normal timescale for achieving a Level 4 HNC by full-time study is one-year. The normal timescale for achieving a Level 5 HND by full-time study is two-years. Progression to Year 2 of the programme is dependent on satisfactory completion of Year 1.

The one-year Level 4 HNC:

  • Requires successful completion of 7 units
  • Mixes 4 mandatory core, 2 mandatory specialist, and 1 specialist/ optional unit, each with a value of 15 credits except ‘Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice’ which is 30 credits (120 total)
  • Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 1200 hours
  • Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is 480 hours.

The two-year Level 5 HND:

  • Requires successful completion of a further 7 units (therefore 14 in total)
  • Mixes 2 mandatory core, 3 mandatory specialist, and 2 specialist/ optional units, each with a value of 15 credits except ‘Innovation and Improvement through Action Research’ which is 30 credits (240 total minimum)
  • Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 2400 hours
  • Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is 960 hours.

TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected to be required for a student to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification. It can include, for example, guided learning, independent and unsupervised research/ learning, unsupervised coursework, watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar, and unsupervised work-based learning.

GLH are defined as the time when a tutor is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied on a programme. This definition includes lectures, tutorials and supervised study in, for example, open learning centres and learning workshops. Guided Learning includes any supervised assessment activity; this includes invigilated examination and observed assessment and observed work-based practice.

The 240 credits achieved by successful completion of the HND is equivalent to completing the first two years of a healthcare practice related honours degree at a UK university (see section 8 below).

8: What is studied and how is it timetabled and assessed?

The academic year is divided into three terms and in each term you will normally be timetabled to study 2-3 units. You will usually be timetabled for at least three days per week and it must be noted that the timetable changes from term-to-term as the programme develops and units are completed.

A variety of forms of assessment evidence will be used, suited to the type of learning outcomes being assessed. Some units, for example, require a practical demonstration of skills while others require students to carry out their own research and analysis, working independently or as part of a team.

Methods of assessment may include, for example, writing a report or essay, recording an interview or role play, examination or in-class tests, giving a presentation with assessor questioning, making a PowerPoint presentation, creating academic posters, displays or leaflets, or keeping a reflective journal.

Year 1

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in
Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management)
UnitUnit TitleUnit levelUnit credit
Core unit
Mandatory
1
Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
Unit 1: Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
415
2
Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
Unit 2: Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
430
3
Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
Unit 3: Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
415
4
Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project)
Unit 4: Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project)
415
Specialist Unit
Mandatory
10
Developing Operational Management Skills for Healthcare Practice
Unit 10: Developing Operational Management Skills for Healthcare Practice
415
17
ffective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services
Unit 17: ffective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services
415
Plus ONE specialist/ optional unit from the list given below (chosen by the College)
Plus ONE specialist/
optional unit
(chosen by the
College)
5
Health Education in Action
Unit 5: Health Education in Action
415
6
Supporting Dementia Care
Unit 6: Supporting Dementia Care
415
8
Addressing Health Inequalities
Unit 8: Addressing Health Inequalities
415
11
Changing Perspectives in Public Health
Unit 11: Changing Perspectives in Public Health
415
12
Supporting Independent Living
Unit 12: Supporting Independent Living
415
13
Supporting Individuals with Specific Needs
Unit 13: Supporting Individuals with Specific Needs
415
14
Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Health
Unit 14: Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Health
415
15
Healthcare Technology in Practice
Unit 15: Healthcare Technology in Practice
415
16
Supporting Adults in Residential Care
Unit 16: Supporting Adults in Residential Care
415

Year 2

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in
Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management)
UnitUnit TitleUnit levelUnit credit
Core unit
Mandatory
18
Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project)
Unit 18: Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project)
515
19
19 Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice
Unit 19: 19 Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice
515
Specialist Unit
Mandatory
23
Managing Quality in Care Environments
Unit 23: Managing Quality in Care Environments
515
25
Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments
Unit 25: Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments
515
29
Human Resource Management for Healthcare
Unit 29: Human Resource Management for Healthcare
515
Plus TWO specialist/ optional units from the list given below (chosen by the College)
Plus TWO specialist/
optional units
(chosen by the
College)
26
Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Care Services
Unit 26: Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Care Services
515
27
Social Policy in Public Health
Unit 27: Social Policy in Public Health
515
32
Team and Individual Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring Others
Unit 32: Team and Individual Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring Others
515
35
Project Management for Healthcare
Unit 35: Project Management for Healthcare
515

 

9: Compulsory work experience/placement requirements

The Level 4 HNC in Healthcare Practice requires at least 225 hours of work experience/ placement in health and/ or social care settings and a ‘Professional Learning and Development’ portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed.

The Level 5 HND in Healthcare Practice requires at least 450 hours of work experience/ placement in health and/ or social care settings and a ‘Professional Learning and Development’ portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed over the two-year period of the qualification.

Students can undertake placement in more than one setting, providing they meet the minimum requirement for types of setting as indicated above.

All work hours should be evidenced in the individual student’s ‘Practical Learning, Assessment and Development Portfolio’ (PLAD), which will be given at the start of the course.

10: Calculation of the overall qualification grade

The calculation of the overall qualification grade is based on the student’s performance in all units. Students are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction qualification grade using the points gained through all 120 credits, at Level 4 for the HNC or Level 5 for the HND, based on unit achievement. The overall qualification grade is calculated in the same way for the HNC and for the HND.

All units in valid combination must have been attempted for each qualification. All 120 credits count in calculating the grade (at each level, as applicable). The overall qualification grade for the HND will be calculated based on student performance in Level 5 units only.

Units that have been attempted but not achieved, and subsequently granted compensation, will appear as ‘Unclassified’; i.e. a ‘U’ grade, on the student’s Notification of Performance, that is issued with the student certificate.

Points per credit
Pass :4
Merit :6
Distinction :8

Point boundaries
GradePoint boundaries
Pass 420−599
Merit 600−839
Distinction 840 +

 

11: What are the employment and further study opportunities for these qualifications?

Having a BTEC HNC/ HND provides a solid grounding in healthcare practice which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate/ Diploma stage.

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the healthcare sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university.

Those who enter employment in the healthcare sector may do so in job roles such as:

  • Lower non-clinical managerial
  • Co-ordinator and supervisory roles in healthcare administration
  • Operation and support services, e.g. information, office, patient services, estates, health improvement services.

Successful completion of the BTEC HND is equivalent to completing the first two years of a related honours degree at a UK university. The qualification is recognised by Higher Education providers (eg. universities) as meeting admission requirements to many relevant healthcare practice-related courses, including, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Management Studies (Health and Social Care)
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health Studies
  • BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) in Public Health
  • BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion.

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers where they wish to gain admission and ‘top-up’ their HND.

12: Entry requirements and admissions

The City College is required by Pearson to ensure that every student we enrol has a reasonable expectation of success on the programme. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Applicants aged over 21 years at the start of their course and who have been out of education for at least three years are classed as ‘mature students’. The prior qualifications and/ or work experience of such applicants will be reviewed by the College to consider if their individual profile shows they have the potential to achieve the qualification. If we believe it does and all other requirements of the admissions process are met, such applicants may be enrolled.

For those who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • A relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as Maths and English
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above.
13: Application process

All applicants must first submit all relevant documents in the following checklist to the College with a completed application form:

  • Completed Application form which has been signed at the back
  • Passport size photo
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Passport or other form of photo ID
  • Qualification certificates
  • Next of Kin/ emergency contact phone number and address
  • Proof of address which includes your full name and current address.

After all the documents have been checked, the applicant must sit an entry test as part of the admissions process. If the test is passed, applicants are invited for an interview. After the interview, all components of the process are considered, and the student will be informed of the decision, normally within 48 hours.

14: English language ability for non-native speakers (not born in the UK)

Non-native English speakers who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at Level 2 (or equivalent) before being admitted to the programme. Equivalent grades to Level 2 include CEFR B2, PTE 51, and IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5). After gaining admittance, such students are still encouraged to enrol on the Level 2 English course because it should still help with their HND study, career development or further study.

15: English language ability for non-native speakers who were taught in English for the final two years of school (or more)

Some applicants will not be native-speakers but will have studied the final two years of school in English (eg. those from West Africa). These applicants are also encouraged to enrol on the Level 2 English course, either as a useful refresher or because it should help with career development or further study (eg. university entrance).

Applicants will need to prove they have any qualifications claimed and that they studied in English. If any examination certificates have been lost, applicants should apply for new copies or provide a letter from their school/ college, or provide some other proof of their educational history, so the details can be verified.

16: English language ability for native speakers (born in UK)

All applicants are encouraged to enrol on the Level 2 English course, even if they already have an appropriate English qualification. This is because it is a good refresher course for those who have perhaps been away from education for a while, and because it should prove helpful with career development or further study (eg. university entrance). If they don’t have an English qualification or can’t prove what they claim, the same applies.

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Start On 17/09/2018
Duration HNC - 1 year
HND - 2 years
Level Certificate
Diploma
Price £6,000 / year

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