Health & Social Care - Higher National Certificate

Our course is specifically designed should you wish to work within the health care sector or gain entry to the HND in Health and Social Care.

The programme concentrates on building previous skills and developing the skills which underpin the fundamental aspect of Health Care. As the programme develops there will be increasingly independent learning and critical analysis of theory and research.

You will benefit from being able to apply your new skills and training with work supported by regular guidance from industry professionals.

Aims of programme

The aim of this programme is to provide students with a rigorous academic and practical knowledge base in areas relevant to the Health and Social Care industry.

• To provide you with knowledge of Health and Social Care industries.
• To enable you to develop practical skills relevant in the care sector.
• To focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding required to support learning in a range of vocational settings
• To enable you opportunities to work within the care sector, applying the knowledge learnt within the programme, and demonstrating an ability to analyse and evaluate your work-based performance
• To enable you to develop the necessary professional and reflective skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments that can be built on throughout your professional life
• To enhance self-reflection, critical thinking skills and independent learning
• To provide a suitable academic platform for progression to honours level study or further professional development

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Programme contents

Mandatory core units.
1. Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations L4 (15 credits)
2. Principles of Health and Social Care Practice L5 (15 credits)
3. Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace L4 (15 credits)
4. Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care L4 (15 credits)
5. Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care L5 (15 credits)
11. The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care L4 (15 credits)
12. Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care L4 (15 credits)

Specialist Unit

9. Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services L4 (15 credits)

Awarding body

Pearson Edexcel

Entry requirements

Students under 21:

48 UCAS points, of which no more than 6 points should come from AS levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed & still considered.

Progression / Careers

Upon completion of the HNC, students are able to continue onto the HND in Health and Social Care or progress onto an alternative university. Alternatively, students could start to work in the industry.



Modes of assessment

A range of assessment methods will be used to encourage and develop your skills during the course. These include but are not exclusively include the following; Peer review, taught and directed study, formal written assessment, practical observation, self-directed independent study, assessment of specific skills.

Additional information


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.