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Higher National Certificate/Diploma, Level 4 / 5

Healthcare Practice For England (Public Health And Health Promotion) [RQF]

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Health Care Practice England is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the Health and Social Care 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. This is undertaken with a view to improving employment choice and career options for students within the Yorkshire and Humber areas.

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice for England 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.

The programme aims to:

  • Equip individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in Healthcare practice and related areas
  • Enable progression to a diploma or further professional qualification in Healthcare practice related areas, providing opportunities for specialist study relevant to individual vocations and contexts
  • Develop the individual’s ability to make an immediate contribution to employment in the industry, through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
  • Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life, thereby enabling learners to make an immediate contribution to employment
  • Provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development – an educational foundation for a range of careers in the Health and Social Care sector and related industries, equipping individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment

Building on previous knowledge, the course is structured to provide opportunities across a broad academic and vocational base, progressively deepening learners’ knowledge. Particular emphasis is placed on ensuring that students are able to effectively apply their knowledge to relevant practical situations. Students undertake seven units to complete the HNC*:

  • Law Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
  • Health Education in Action
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill Health
  • Addressing Health Inequalities

*Please note that units may be subject to change from year to year, due to curriculum updating/sector changes/changes in delivery staff specialisms or awarding body requirements. See Course Terms and Conditions for more details.

Assessments for the course may take a variety of forms, from practical tasks, group work and presentations to formal, written assignments and reports.

On successful completion of the HNC, you will have the opportunity to progress onto the HND in Healthcare Practice For England (Public Health And Health Promotion) at Selby College. Some students may then undertake further study to complete a Top-Up Degree to gain a full degree in one of the specialist areas covered by the qualification.

Other students may progress to employment The course aims to equip students with the skills required for a variety of employment opportunities for example:

  • Senior care assistant
  • Senior support worker in a range of health and care settings
  • Pathway tracker
  • Integrated support worker
  • Care navigator or co-ordinator
  • Health educator
  • Public health practitioner
  • Wellbeing co-ordinator
  • Voluntary sector field worker or research assistant
  • Health improvement officer

This is a nationally recognised qualification offering career and professional development for those entering, or already established, in the field of Health and Social Care, as well as opening up progression opportunities for successful students to further their academic study to HND and degree level.

The course is aimed at those who have completed a Level 3 course, or equivalent, in a Health or a related subject, or who have relevant industry experience and are looking to progress to a practical Higher Education qualification.

This programme will appeal to those who wish to complete their studies in an inclusive setting which is accessible and can provide a highly supportive teaching and learning environment

  • 64 UCAS Tariff points
  • A relevant Level 3 qualification

Applications from mature students with relevant professional/life experience are welcome. You may be required to provide further evidence to demonstrate your suitability for the course and an admissions test may be used in certain circumstances.

The following are also required:

  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Two satisfactory references
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and Science are desirable

Please be aware there is a Work Placement element to this programme which may incur costs related to travel and equipment.

Selby College has a dedicated HE area, extensive IT facilities and a well-stocked Learning Resource Centre with relevant texts, journals and e-resources which can be accessed on site and remotely.