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BTEC Higher National Diploma in Social and Community Work

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1: Why choose a BTEC Higher National qualification in Social and Community Work (Social Care Leadership and Management)?

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Social and Community Work is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the social and community work 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.

There is also a greater emphasis on employer engagement and work readiness. The new Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Social and Community Work are designed to reflect this increasing need for high-quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment and to progression to a degree at Level 6.

This is never more evident than in the health and social care sector, where the expectation that students who are progressing on to employment or Level 6 vocational degrees have substantial, meaningful work experience in the sector is now the norm. The new Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Social and Community Work embrace this development and enhance students’ progression opportunities through mandatory work placement requirements that include assessment on placement to further embed meaningfulness.

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.

Key Information

Starting DatesJanuary / April / September
Mode of StudyFull-time
DurationHNC – One year / HND – Two years
Awarding BodyPearson
AwardPearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Social and
Community Work (Social Care Leadership and Management)

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Social and
Community Work (Social Care Leadership and Management)

Price Per YearFull Time £6,000/year
2: Who are these qualifications for?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Social and Community Work are 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 social and community work 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 Social and Community Work give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training in social and community work related fields

3: 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.

4: Aims of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Social and Community Work

Holders of the HNC/HND in Social and Community Work offers students pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study. These pathways are linked to Professional Body and Apprenticeship standards (where appropriate) and can provide professional or apprenticeship status and progression to direct employment.

Students who study the Level 5 Higher National Diploma 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

5: Programme Structure

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 core, 2 specialist mandatory units, and one further specialist/optional unit, each with a value of 15 credits except for Unit 2 which has a value of 30 credits, (120 total)
  • Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 1200 hours
  • Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is 480 hours
  • Follows the Social and Community Work (Social Care Leadership and Management) pathway

The two-year Level 5 HND:

  • Requires successful completion of a further 7 units (therefore 15 in total)
  • Mixes 2 further core and 3 specialist units, and 2 optional units, each with a value of 15 credits except for Unit 20 which is 30 credits (240 total minimum)
  • Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 2400 hours
  • Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is 960 hours
  • Follows the Social and Community Work (Social Care Leadership and Management) pathway

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 Business related honours degree at a UK university (see section 9 below).

6: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.

7: Work experience requirements

The Total Qualification Time for the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Social and Community Work includes a requirement of 225 hours’ work experience in social or community care settings. The mandatory elements of work experience are as follows:

  • A minimum of 75 hours in one social or community care setting is required.

The Total Qualification Time for the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Social and Community Work includes a requirement of 375 hours’ work experience in social or community care settings. The mandatory elements of work experience are as follows

  • A minimum of two different settings is required
  • A minimum of 100 hours in two different social or community care settings is required.

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 must be evidenced in the individual student’s Practical Learning, Assessment and Development Portfolio (PLAD), which will be given at the start of the course. The PLAD carries a pass/fail opportunity. If you fail to complete any section of the log, or fail to provide supporting evidence for any claims made, you may fail the whole course.

Year 1

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Social and
Community Work (Social Care Leadership and Management)
UnitUnit TitleUnit levelUnit credit
Core unit
Mandatory
1
Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care 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
Mental Health and Wellbeing: a Whole Person Approach
UNIT 3: Mental Health and Wellbeing: a Whole Person Approach
415
4
Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project)
UNIT 4: Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project)
415
Specialist Unit
Mandatory
5
Organisational Contexts of Social and Community Work
UNIT 5: Organisational Contexts of Social and Community Work
415
6
Social Policy and Administration
UNIT 6: Social Policy and Administration
415
Plus ONE specialist/optional unit which the College will select from the list given below
ONE
specialist/optional
unit which the
College will select
7
Contemporary Social Issues
Unit 7: Contemporary Social Issues
415
8
Community Development - Principles and Practice
Unit 8: Community Development - Principles and Practice
415
11
Planning and Supporting Community-led Activities
Unit 11: Planning and Supporting Community-led Activities
415
12
Inspiring Young People
Unit 12: Inspiring Young People
415
14
Health, Safety and Risk Management in Care Environments
Unit 14: Health, Safety and Risk Management in Care Environments
415
16
Sociological Approaches in Social and Community Work
Unit 16: Sociological Approaches in Social and Community Work
415
17
Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services
Unit 17: Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services
415
18
Resource Planning in Social and Community Care Services
Unit 18: Resource Planning in Social and Community Care Services
415

 

Year 2

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Social and
Community Work (Social Care Leadership and Management)
UnitUnit TitleUnit levelUnit credit
Core unit
Mandatory
19
Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centered Practice
Unit 19: Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centered Practice
515
20
Investigating Innovative Approaches to Practice in Social and Community Work
Unit 20: Investigating Innovative Approaches to Practice in Social and Community Work
530
Specialist Unit
Mandatory
23
Managing Quality in Care Environments
Unit 23: Managing Quality in Care Environments
515
29
Commissioning Projects and Services
Unit 29: Commissioning Projects and Services
515
39
Supervising and Managing Others in Social and Community Care
Unit 39: Supervising and Managing Others in Social and Community Care
515
Plus TWO optional units which the College will select from the list below
TWO optional
units which the
College will select
22
Coproduction and Partnership Working in Social and Community Work
Unit 22: Coproduction and Partnership Working in Social and Community Work
515
26
Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Social Care Services
Unit 26: Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Social Care Services
515
30
Community Development Practice
Unit 30: Community Development Practice
515
32
Team and Individual Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching Others
Unit 32: Team and Individual Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching Others
515
46
Global Contexts of Community Development
Unit 46: Global Contexts of Community Development
515

 

8: 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: x4

Merit: x6

Distinction: x8

Point boundaries

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

9: What employment and further study opportunities could these qualifications lead to?

Having a BTEC HNC/HND provides a solid grounding in social and community work, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.

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

  • Entering employment in job roles such as:
    • lower managerial
    • coordinator and supervisory roles in social administration
    • operation and support services, e.g. information
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university.

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 social and community work related  courses, including, for example:

  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Social Work
  • BA (Hons) in Social and Community Work
  • BA (Hons) in Youth Work
  • BA (Hons) in Community Development
  • BA (Hons) in Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • BA (Hons) in Social Policy
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in International Development
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care.

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.

10: 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.
11: 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 a entry test as part of the admissions process. If the test is passed, applicants are invited for interview. After the interview, all components of the process are considered, and the student will be informed of the decision, normally within 48 hours.

12: 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 a standard equivalent to the levels identified before being recruited 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).

13: 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 them 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.

14: 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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