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HND Healthcare Practice for England

A HND Healthcare Practice Professional

Study with St Patricks College on the Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Healthcare Practice for England, a programme aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.

Course content

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 healthcare practice or related fields. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the health and social care industry, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training in healthcare related fields.

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

Career direction

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
  • Completing a higher apprenticeship programme
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university.

Holders of 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 requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

What will I experience? 

Whilst studying with St Patricks College on the Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Healthcare Practice for England you will experience

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students
  • The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into further study or the world of work
  • A simplified structure: students undertake a substantial core of learning in the Level 4 HNC Diploma and can build on this in the Level 5 HND Diploma.
  • Refreshed content that is closely aligned with Professional Body, employer and higher education needs

Course structure

Focused on deepening your knowledge of health and social care. Particular emphasis is placed on ensuring that you are able to effectively apply your knowledge to relevant practical situations.

The academic year at St Patricks consists of 3 terms of 11 weeks in duration. The specific start and end date of your academic year will depend on the intake on which you enrol. This information will be made available when applications open for the desired intake.

Timetables for students can be expected once they commence their course at the beginning of each term. 

Modules in Year 1 are:

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care (C)
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Practice (C)
  • Effective reporting and record keeping (C, P)
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care (C, P)
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care (C, P)
  • Addressing Health Inequalities.
  • Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Health.

Year 2 Modules:

  • Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (C)
  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-Centred practice (C, P)
  • Care Planning Processes in Healthcare (C, P)
  • Supporting the Individual through significant life events (C, P)
  • Supporting team and partnership working across health and social care services (C, P)
  • Health Psychology.
  • Complimentary Therapies and Healthcare Practice.

C - core units, P - units that need placement evidence to pass

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England

Specialist pathways are included within brackets in the qualification title:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Integrated Health and Social care (Healthcare Management)

Classes at St Patricks may consist of lectures, presentations, workshops, peer assessment,    etc. 

 Contact Hours: 15 hours per week, this include(s) 3 hours of online tuition

 Guided Learning hours: 60 hours per unit (Edexcel Guidelines) 

 Expected Independent Learning: 22.5 hours per week 

 Maximum 35 students per class. 

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by centres) and internally assessed Pearson-setassignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by centres). Pearson-set assignments are mandatory and target particular industry-specific skills. The number and value of these units are dependent on qualification size.

  • 'HNC is 120 credits, HND is a further 120 credits. 240 in total needed for HND
  • Level 3 qualification or equivalent
  • GCSE Advanced level profile demonstrating strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCSE subject.
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Mature learners without formal qualifications are required to present a profile of achievement in the form of 2 years related work experience (paid or unpaid) and will be subject to relevant entry assessments;
  • All applicants must pass an Academic Interview
  • Proficiency in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 5.5
  • UCAS entry not available
  • Exceptional entry route: We encourage from other applicants who may not have the entry requirements but have relevant experience in the sector. 



Next intakes
October 2019

Course duration

24 months

Academic level


Accredited by

Pearson Edexcel


Not available

Coming back to education was not easy but when i came back i found the coaches and lecturers very friendly. I went through the basics again. The first time was the hardest, but as I carry on the higher I get the easier things become.

Justus Katabazi, HND Healthcare Practice for England

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