HNC Health Care Practice-Altincham

Course Requirements


A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or related subject)
A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
This profile is to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4
(Or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
Other related Level 3 qualifications
An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
Related work experience
An international equivalent of the above.

Please Note: All applicants must attend an interview with a relevant member of staff before they are considered for a place on the course.

Course Assessment

Assessment will combine a student centred approach with a flexible unit based structure. Students are required to apply their knowledge to a variety of assignments and activities, with a focus on the holistic development of practical interpersonal and higher level thinking skills.

Students will also be required to undertake 225 hours work-based placement for a minimum of two days per week in a healthcare setting, this could be paid or voluntary.

Course Finance

Please contact the College for further information.

Course Includes

Core Units:
Unit 1: Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
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 (Pearson set unit)
Unit 17: Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services

Specialist Units:
Unit 8: Addressing Health Inequalities
Unit 9: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill Health

Course Potential Careers

Upon successful completion of this course there are numerous progression routes that you may wish to consider including the level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) Integrated Health Care Practice or move forward onto another related degree program.

Alternatively you may wish to pursue employment opportunities for example, as a senior care assistant, senior support worker, integrated support worker, care co-ordinator, Health Promotion, health practitioner, wellbeing co-ordinator, voluntary sector field worker, health improvement officer, lower non-clinical manager, co-ordinator and supervisory roles in healthcare administration, operation and support services, e.g. information, office, patient services, health improvement services in a range of health and care settings.

Programme Structure

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the healthcare sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification is industry focused and aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. On successful completion of the HNC (equivalent to first year of a degree), students will be able to progress onto the Higher National Diploma (HND), which is a level 5 qualification.

The BTEC Higher National qualification in Healthcare Practice is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the health and social care sectors and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in healthcare practice or related fields.