Leicester College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Healthcare Practice for England

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Course summary

The BTEC Higher National qualification in Healthcare Practice is designed to address an increasing need for high-quality professional and technical education pathways at levels 4 and 5, providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or progression to further higher education study. The purpose of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Healthcare Practice is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the healthcare 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. Upon successful completion of the Higher National Certificate graduates may want to continue to top-up to a Higher National Diploma Level 5 in Healthcare Practice for England or other relatable fields. We have an independent careers advice service at Leicester College who are here to support you with your next steps and options. You may also progress onto a range of roles in the health and social care industry such as support worker, wellbeing coordinator, or research assistant.


Law, policy, and ethical practice in health and social care - build progressively from core underpinning legal principles and perspectives to national and international law on key topics within health and care practice. You will investigate the legal and policy framework related to health and care practice in different settings, leading to opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through targeted assignments. Demonstrating professional principles and values in health and social care practice - this unit is intended to run alongside other units in this qualification to support you to gather evidence to compile a Professional Learning and Development Portfolio (PLAD). This captures evidence of learning and development against a framework of practice themes which forms the essential core running through the unit. The unit aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for you to reflect on your own and others’ daily practice and improve your own practice and professional development. Supporting the individual journey through the integrated health and social care workplace - the aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of an individual’s right to being involved in their own care and develop students’ skills in promoting this right when working with individuals. This right is, in many cases, enshrined in law and in the fundamental standards of care. Fundamentals of evidence-based practice - supporting the development of your knowledge and skills to understand the purpose and process of research in health and social care particularly in relation to promoting integrated approaches to care. You will carry out a literature review on a topic drawn from the practice themes aimed at quality improvement within wider health, care, or support service practice. Health education in action - this unit will support the development of your knowledge, understanding, and skills regarding providing and supporting the provision of health education to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals accessing healthcare services. This unit will be of interest to those individuals wishing to pursue a career as a nurse, health advisor and in other healthcare-related professions where they will need to take part in health education initiative Addressing health inequalities - exploring current public health issues will develop understanding of the factors that influence differences in health status across populations. You will analyse different types and levels of intervention in health protection. Health protection and the reduction of disease is an important public health role and you will review how healthcare professionals prevent and control the spread of disease. This unit will support progression to more senior roles with allied health professionals working in public health and can also support progression to continuing higher education in public health and health promotion-related degrees

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a range of methods such as exams, essays, research projects, and professional discussions. You will also be required to undertake work placement within your current workplace or as a volunteer placement. We always aim to support you by giving you a range of information, advice and guidance.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Abbey Park Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leicester College is not a Home Office Student Sponsor and does not accept applications from international students. We can only accept applications from students already resident in the UK. EU / EEA nationals resident in the UK must be able to demonstrate that they have gained either ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Other non-UK nationals (apart from Irish nationals) must demonstrate they have valid UK residency / leave to remain in the UK to be considered for admission. Right to study in the UK does not automatically confer Home fee status and you may be required to undertake a fee status assessment to confirm your eligibility for student funding.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)5.5

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6165 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6165 Year 1
Scotland £6165 Year 1
Wales £6165 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Healthcare Practice for England at Leicester College - UCAS