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Course summary

The Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice is a unit-based programme that provides the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for a successful career in the health and/or social care sector. This could include healthcare support and assistant roles in a range of settings, planning and assessment roles or roles in health promotion or public health. A range of core and specialist modules are undertaken, and students will develop their time management and organisational skills. Students will complete a programme of 120 units comprising of 7 different modules, five of which are core modules specified by the awarding body. A further two are chosen by the institution to complement the study programme and enable progression onto the level 5 HND Healthcare Practice programme. All course tutors are subject specialists with a wide range of extensive experience in these fields of practice. Students gain an understanding of the use of information and communication technology as a tool in health and social care settings. Guest speakers aid understanding and add currency to students’ learning. Students will also present evidence that effectively reflects their abilities as a developing care worker in the field of health or social care.


On the programme, students will study the following mandatory core units: • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project) • Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services. There are also two further optional units: • Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Health; • Health Education in Action. Students will also study specialist units, including: - Social Policy; The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care; Psychology for Health and Social Care.

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used including academic essays, reports, shorter workbook-based tasks and skills development tasks, including presentations. In addition, a portfolio is used to record students' development and progress through workplace activity.

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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The Learning Exchange, Roscoe Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

It is expected that all applicants will hold relevant Level 2 maths and English qualifications equivalent to GCSE grade C/4 or above. Mature students: The University Centre welcomes applications from mature students who have relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Mature students (over 21) without formal qualifications may be accepted subject to satisfactory literacy and numeracy tests, work experience (if applicable) and a strong personal statement. Recognition of Prior Learning: Applicants may meet entry requirements through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which awards academic credits through recognition of prior learning via work and other life experiences. Recognition of Prior Learning is either certificated (RPCL) through formal assessment, or Experiential (RPEL) via skills and knowledge developed through work and voluntary activities. Students should refer to the RPL Policy on the University Centre website:

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6673 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6673 Year 1
Scotland £6673 Year 1
Wales £6673 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 (Integrated Health and Social Care) at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS