Healthcare Practice for England

Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd
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Course summary

This Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice for England is designed to provide you with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in a health and/or social care environment. Such roles include healthcare support and assistant roles in a range of settings, planning and assessment roles as well as roles in public health and health promotion. You will gain a valuable insight into the diversity of roles within the healthcare sector and the importance of collaboration and excellent communication at all levels. This course is suitable for those people currently employed in relevant sectors and seeking higher-level qualifications to further develop their career. About the course You'll be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts, values and principles of healthcare practice, and the skills necessary to perform effectively in a variety of settings within the health and social care sector. The course provides the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as effective team working, being adaptable and flexible, whilst developing problem-solving skills. Course Modules will include: • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health & 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 • Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services • Health Education in Action • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill-Health As part of the course you must complete 225 hours of workplace placement or experience in a health and/or social care setting. Assessment: Units are assessed via a range of internally set and assessed assignments including reports, presentations, portfolios using a range of research, investigation, problem solving, and portfolio based methods. Bursaries We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2021-22 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - - for more information. What Can I Do Next? From the HNC, you could progress on to our Higher National Diploma (HND) in Healthcare Practice; enter into employment or onto a Higher Apprenticeship as a Healthcare Assistant Practitioner. Should you decide to progress onto the HND in Healthcare Practice, upon successful completion you could go into employment or progress onto a range of relevant health and social-care related university courses, for example: • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health Studies • BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing • BSc (Hons) in Public Health • BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion

Course details

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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeHP23
Institution code N30
Campus nameBasford
Campus codeB

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) are advised to contact our International Office for advice and information before submitting their UCAS application. Please call +44 (0) 115 838 0527 or email: [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points • Level 3 Health & Social Care qualification (or related subject) such as BTEC Level 3, CACHE or similar qualification or Access to HE in Nursing & Midwifery • GCSE passes in Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or above (A*-C), or have equivalent qualifications at Level 2 A current DBS certificate is required.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma Access to Nursing and Midwifery accepted.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5An overall band score of 5.5; with no individual component less than 5.0.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
International £9500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Course fees for 2021-22 have not been finalised. The fee quoted of £9,500 is intended to be indicative. For more information please contact our International Office by emailing [email protected]
Healthcare Practice for England at Nottingham College - UCAS