Health & Social Care
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    24 September 2018 to 11 June 2020
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • HNC in Health and Social Care (Year 1)
  • HND in Health and Social Care (Year 2)

Summary of course

This qualification is ideally suited to prepare managers of the future for work in the health and social care sector. Designed to relate to current National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care Level 4 and Leadership and Management for Care Services Level 4, this qualification has been designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills required for success in employment at supervisory or management level.

The course is delivered in a variety of classroom-based learning and development of practical skills. Part-time study may be available for this course and these options will be discussed at your interview.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Communicating in health and social care organisations
  • Principles of health and social care practice
  • Managing human resources in health and social care
  • Managing financial resources in health and social care
  • Health and safety in the health and social care workplace

Specialist Units:

  • research project
  • the Sociological context of health and social care
  • Psychology for health and social care

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

The BTEC Higher National qualifications assesses students' evidence against published learning outcomes and assessment criteria. You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 200 hours of work experience.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in developing your knowledge and understanding for success in employment in the health and social care sector at a supervisory or management level and wish to gain a Level 4/5 qualification in Health and Social Care.

Progression and Career Opportunities

The BTEC higher nationals offer a progression path for students to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Btec Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent to 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 4/5 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C); applicants should be aged 18 or over.

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You will be required to bring a piece of written work to your interview appointment, using a single side of A4 paper, identifying why you wish to work in Health and Social Care.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will be required to provide your own stationery and folders.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,165 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


student success

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2018. The full details for the 18/19 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2018. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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