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Health and Social Care

Level 5 Healthcare Professions HND

Higher Education

Course Overview

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Professions’ Support for England is designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to pre-registration study. Students completing the Pearson qualification will be aiming to go on to employment or progress to the second or final year at university.

**To apply for this course please contact Vicki Quilter on 01256 306489 or via email at vicki.quilter@bcot.ac.uk**

The units within the qualification have been drawn from the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Assistant Practitioner). They have been edited in response to feedback from stakeholders, which include employers and education providers. Professional bodies were consulted and engaged with the original qualification development. We are very grateful to the employers, education providers, and other individuals who have generously shared their time and expertise to help develop this qualification from the existing HND in Healthcare Practice (Assistant Practice), and those who have supported the final iteration of the Higher Nationals in Healthcare Professions’ Support for England: 
  • Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group 
  • Liverpool NHS Foundation Trust 
  • University Hospital Southampton 
  • Warrington & Vale Royal College 
  • Royal Berkshire Hospital 
  • Liverpool College 
  • East Sussex College 
  • Sunderland College 
  • ICON College of Technology and Management.

Course Content

1 - Law, Policy and Ethical Practice

2 - Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
3 - Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
4 - Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
5 - Principles of Health Education
6 - Effective Healthcare Practices Using Maths
7 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology
8 - Innovation and Improvement through Participatory Action Research
9 - Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice
10- Planning Care in Practice
11 - Meeting the Needs od Individuals with Longterm Heath Conditions
12 - Team and Individual Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching Others
13 - End of Life Planning and Support
36 - Supporting Mental Health

Entry Requirement

A successful learner for this HE program will require one or more of:
  • A level 3 qualification in Healthcare
  • GCSE English and Maths Grade A-C/9-4
  • Access to Higher Education 
  • Related work experience
  • An international qualification of the above.


  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Assessments both Practical and Theoretical
  • Work Placements

Where does this course lead to

University, Apprenticeship or Employment


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Course Outline

Course Code: PH05
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 25/09/2023
Duration: 2 Years
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