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Health and Social Care

Level 4 BTEC HNC Diploma in Health and Social Care

Higher Education

Course Overview

This is a two year health and social care industry related course aimed at developing existing qualifications, skills and knowledge in health and social care practice and will benefit those who may want to progress onto a degree level course in health and social care. The course is taught across two years - a first year HNC at Level 4, followed by the potential for progression on the second year Level 5 HND.

Course Content

The course will cover the following topics:

Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations - awareness of different forms of communication used in health and social care settings and its importance for effective service delivery.

Principles of Health and Social Care Practice - values, theories and policies underpinning health and social care practice and the mechanisms that exist to promote good practice.

Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace - own responsibilities in ensuring the health and safety of the health and social care workplace and the people within it.


Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care - apply understanding and skills to own health and social care setting.

Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care - understanding of the importance of working positively in partnership with others in health and social care.

Safeguarding in Health and Social Care - understand the factors of abuse, and study the working practices and strategies to prevent and reduce its occurrence.


Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care provide a holistic overview of the structure and functioning of the human body as appropriate for those working in health and social care.

Influences on Health and Social Care Organisations how the external environment, organisational structure and function impact on health and social care service delivery and the role that leadership plays in service provision.

Entry Requirement

Must be aged 18 or over
Hold a relevant Level 3 qualification and/or
Relevant work experience
Successful interview with course leader
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above
For international students there is an ESOL requirement/IELTS score of 6 (minimum of 5.5 across every element).


You will be assessed through written reports, creative projects, essays, presentations, research projects and the observation of work based scenarios.

Where does this course lead to

Once you have completed this course you can move directly into employment or progress onto the Level 5 HND programme. On completion of the two years, you can apply to join the second/third year of a relevant degree programme at a university offering a compatible course.

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Course Outline

Course Code: PH03
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 19/09/2016
Duration: 1 Year
Tuition Fees: £2,000 (Home) £3,300 (International)
Registration Fees: £200 (year 1 Home)
Exam Fees: -
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