Healthcare Professions at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - UCAS

Course summary

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Professions’ Support for England is to develop students as professional, as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and improve the career prospects of those who take them. The objectives of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Professions’ Support for England are as follows: ●

  • To equip students with the Healthcare Professional skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global health and social care environment.
  • To provide education and training for a range of careers in healthcare, including: healthcare assistant practitioner roles in a range of settings, nursing assistant/auxiliary roles, care navigation, planning and assessment roles .
  • To provide insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the healthcare sector, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels .
  • To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values.
  • To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in healthcare, or progress to higher education qualifications such as a pre-registration degree in one of the allied health professions or nursing.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives .
  • To support students to understand the local, regional and global context of healthcare practice and aspire to progress their career in healthcare .
  • To provide students with opportunities to address contemporary health and care issues facing the sector, and society at large, with particular emphasis on integrated and compassionate care, and person-centred and personal approaches to providing healthcare to individuals across their lifespan.
  • To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally recognised professional qualification within their chosen area.
  • To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field.
  • To enable flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs.
  • To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.
  • Provide students with opportunities to engage in an industry-recognised higher apprenticeship scheme that aligns with their employer’s needs and their own career aspirations.
  • Provide students with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their relation to personal, professional, and statutory responsibilities within the industry.
Progression The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant health and social care-related courses, for example:
  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
After completing a Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment. The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Healthcare Practice sector. Below are some examples of job roles each qualification could lead to;
  • Occupational therapy assistant practitioner
  • Operating department assistant practitioner
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation assistant practitioner
  • Maternity care assistant practitioner
  • Community care assistant practitioner

This Higher Technical Qualification is approved against occupational standards decided by employers. Learn more about Higher Technical Qualifications.


Year 1 Unit 1 Law, Policy and Ethical Practice Unit 2 Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice Unit 3 Supporting the Individual Journey through integrated Health and Social Care. Unit 4 Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice Unit 5 Principles of Health Education Unit 6 Effective Healthcare Practice using Maths Unit 7 Applied Anatomy and Physiology Year 2 Unit 8 Innovative and Improvement through Action Research Unit 9 Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person Centred Practice Unit 10 Planning Care in Practice Unit 11 Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Long-term Health Conditions Unit 12: Team and Individual Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching Other Unit 13: End of Life Care Planning and Support Unit 20 Holistic Approaches to Health Promotion

Assessment method

Using a variety of assessment methods such as presentations, voice recordings individual assignments, presentation packs and specific assessment that meets the learning outcomes. There will be an initial study skills module, to demonstrate fundamental academic writing. Harvard Referencing will be covered, structure of essay, tutorial on PowerPoint and short Study skill sessions embedded in each session over the initial six-week period. Study skills are to be reviewed intermittently throughout the year. students will have access to HN Global, with links available via Moodle. A range of assessment types will be used, to mitigate the potential use of AI. Formal guidelines defined by Pearson BTEC and the College for academic disciplinary outlined and agreed. All assignments submitted via Turnitin, with exception for Unit 2 (PLAD), which Students will upload and share to One Drive. Students are required to attach feedback and cover sheet declaring it to be their own work, for each summative assessment via Turnitin. All professional discussions are recorded and saved to One Drive. Where the summative assessment includes a supporting case study, this will be submitted, with a cover sheet, onto Turnitin to separate drop box.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from international students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile would be one of the following: • BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care or related subject Grade MPP • GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. • Other relevant Level 3 qualification • Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution • An international equivalent of the above • Adequate proficiency in English. • GCSE grades 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in Maths and English For returning learners, each application will be reviewed on a one to one basis and include consideration of the following: • Significant work or life experience relevant to the course and equivalent to the qualifications listed above. • A good command of written English. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - The College welcomes applications from those with previous academic credit, provided applicants have fulfilled some of the assessment requirements by means other than attendance, and that they will be able, by completing the remaining requirements to fulfil the intended learning outcomes of the programme and attain the standards required for the award. This is subject to successful approval via the College’s Recognition of Prior Learning process prior to admission.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5950 Year 1
Scotland £5950 Year 1
Wales £5950 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

A device to research and write assignments, such as a laptop. Student responsible for cost incurred for purchase. The college is able to support with day-to-day laptops, these should remain on premises at all times. Further costs may include an enhanced DBS for placement. Currently the cost is £38 (GOV.UK, 2022). Students may wish to sign up to the government DBS Update Service, which currently costs £13 per year. Students are encouraged to purchase books to support their learning from reputable recycled websites, these will be discussed at induction. The Learning Resource centre has a range of books that can be taken out on loan in addition to the tutor’s personal collection. Stationary – Pens, Highlighters, Post-it Notes, Plastic Wallets and A4 Folder. Additionally, a USB Stick to save assignments as a back-up, for any technical difficulties encountered.
Healthcare Professions at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - UCAS