Pearson BTEC HND in Healthcare Practice

Course starts usually in September
Full time course days are ( TBC )
Level 5
A Higher Education Loan is available
Bishop Auckland Campus

Course overview

A career in care can be extremely rewarding and diverse, with opportunities to work with children, adolescents, older people, people with additional needs, hospital patients and the general community.  We will help you develop your skills to the highest level, whichever path you choose.

The full time course has the registered title with Pearson of BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice

Completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma takes two years.


Course requirements

Although Pearson do not specify formal entry requirements, for students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or related subject)
  • 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

What will I do?

You will complete 14 units of study over the two year course.  You will be awarded points for each unit based on pass, merit or distinction criteria achieved. Your points will be totalled at the end of the course to give you your final grade. Units may include: Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care, Addressing Health Inequalities, Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Social Care Services, Recognising and Meeting the Needs of People with Long-term Health Conditions.

The course requires two days attendance at college (TBC) with additional days in placement (to be arranged).

Work experience/placement requirements:  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.

What will it give me?

  • Level 5 BTEC Diploma
  • Enhanced study skills.
  • Vocational work placement experience
  • Increased employment opportunities
  • The ability to access higher education

Materials needed

Access to a computer and the internet will be an advantage as you will be expected to complete assignments outside of college time.

What can I do when I finish?

Progression following successful completion of the course:

The Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice can lead to progression in employment in the following roles as well as others: Senior care assistant, senior support worker in a range of health and care settings, pathway tracker, integrated support worker, care navigator or co-ordinator.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to further specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

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.

What next?

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