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HNC & HND in Healthcare Practice

Course Title Pearson BTEC HNC Level 4 & HND Level 5 in Healthcare Practice
(Healthcare Management)
Awarding Body Pearson
Provider Name CECOS College London

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Healthcare Practice for England offer:

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students.
  • The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into further study or the world of work.
  • A simplified structure: students undertake a substantial core of learning in the Level 4 HNC Diploma and can build on this in the Level 5 HND Diploma, with specialist and optional units linked to their specialist area of study.
  • Three specialist pathways in the Level 4 HNC Diploma, four specialist pathways in the Level 5 HND Diploma, and a general pathway at both levels, so there is something to suit each student’s preference of study and future progression plans.
  • Refreshed content that is closely aligned with Professional Body, employer and higher education needs.
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what students know) along with affective and applied skills (respectively how they behave and what they can do).
  • Unit-specific grading and Pearson-set assignments.
  • A varied approach to assessment that supports progression to Level 6 and also allows centres to offer assessment relevant to the local economy, thereby accommodating and enhancing different learning styles.
  • Quality assurance measures – as outlined in Sections 6 and 7 of this Programme Specification – to ensure that all stakeholders (e.g. professional bodies, universities, colleges and students) can feel confident in the integrity and value of the qualifications . 5
  • Two sets of available qualifications, designed to meet the needs and expectations of students aspiring to work in healthcare.
  • A pathway into employment for apprentices in relevant healthcare and social care settings through completion of the HND element of the Pearson BTEC Higher National in Healthcare Practice for England (Healthcare Assistant Practitioner) qualification which is recognised as meeting the qualification requirements for the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship Standard.

A thematic approach to learning in Health and Social Care
The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals for the health and social care sector recognises that there are employability-related knowledge and skills that underpin effective practice across students’ learning that are sector-specific. These are embedded across units in the Higher National in Healthcare Practice for England qualifications, and are referred to as the ‘Practice Themes’. Further detail on these Practice Themes can be found in Section 2.7.

Work experience/placement requirements
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice for England requires at least 225 hours of work experience/placement in health and/or social care settings and a Professional Learning and Development portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed.

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England requires at least 450 hours of work experience/placement in health and/or social care settings and a Professional Learning and Development portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed over the two year period of the qualification.

Purpose of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England
The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England 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 qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Objectives of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England
The objectives of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England are as follows:

  • To equip students with the healthcare practice 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 roles, care navigation, planning and assessment roles as well as roles in public health, health promotion and non-clinical healthcare supervisory or lower management.
  • 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 an Honours degree in Nursing, Public Health, Healthcare Administration or a related area.
  • 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, management and health promotion and, for those students with a global outlook, to aspire to international career pathways.
  • 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 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 of specialisation.
  • To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond.
  • To allow 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.
  • To 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.
  • To provide students with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their relation to personal, professional and statutory responsibilities within the industry.

We meet these objectives by:

  • Providing a thorough grounding in healthcare principles and a degree of specialism at Level 4 that leads the student to a range of specialist progression pathways at Level 5 relating to individual professions within the healthcare sector.
  • Equipping individuals with sector-relevant acumen, understanding and healthcare practice skills for success in a range of the healthcare, health promotion, navigation and non-clinical supervisory or lower management roles in healthcare.
  • Enabling progression to a university degree by supporting the development of appropriate academic study skills.

Who is this qualification for?
The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Healthcare Practice for England are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the health and social care sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in healthcare practice or related fields. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the health and social care sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training in healthcare related fields.

Aims of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice for England
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice for England offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through specialist pathways and the selection of optional units across a range of occupationally-relevant subjects at Level 4. This effectively builds underpinning core and specialist skills while preparing the student for further subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and workplace learning and experience. At Level 4, students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the healthcare sector through four Core units, which includes one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.

Aims of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England
The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England offers students three specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study. These pathways are linked to Professional Body and apprenticeship Standards (where appropriate) and can provide professional or apprenticeship status and progression to direct employment. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of Healthcare Practice.

What could these qualifications lead to?
The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in healthcare practice, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to further specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the healthcare sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Completing a higher apprenticeship programme
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university

The ability to:

  • Develop practical skills to lead, manage or work as part of a team on projects
  • Develop an understanding of basic-level financial analysis in order to construct and interpret financial data
  • Develop and apply general research skills
  • Develop and apply key management and leadership skills in practical projects and assessments
  • Develop organisational skills to respond creatively to assignment briefs, meet dead-lines, and prepare presentations, document research undertaken.
  • Display their work confidently and well, using different methods of presentation.
  • Use IT as a method of research and, where appropriate, as a tool for academic development and digital literacy.

Personal Development

Our aim during the course of this programme is to support your development, equipping you with skills that will help you with your future career path and also personal and social development. We will do this in a variety of ways including:

  • Providing individual support to help increase your employability skills
  • Increase your awareness of key British values such as democracy, mutual respect, tolerance for all and the rule of the law
  • Assess your personal learning and thinking skills and provide appropriate support to ensure you are confident in yourself and your abilities
  • Conduct regular guidance meetings to support you with your future plans
  • Work with you to reflect on personal behaviour and the moral responsibility that we all have to support others and create a supportive and productive society

Teaching

  • Analytic thinking skills are developed through academic protocols, discussion in classroom, assignment work and tutorial sessions.
  • Practical skills are an essential component of the programme and are developed through classroom activity, projects, and independent work and peer/tutor feedback.
  • Common Skills such as oral and written communication are developed in group and tutorial sessions, through assignments and practical assessments.
  • All staff has relevant industry experience.

Assessment

Each unit is assessed by individual or group participation, individual presentation, research and coursework assignments.

  • Assessment activities provide major opportunities for learning, including:
  • Group and individual work
  • Peer Feedback
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Essay, evaluations and assignments All assessments are delivered through a standard system, which makes the context and the assessment criteria clear. There are assessment weeks. Grades accumulate over the year. The External Examiner samples student work and grades. An annual Exam Board finalises all student grades.
  • Competence and knowledge are assessed through a range of methods, including

Student progression is supported both by subject tutors and also by central college services

  • A comprehensive induction introducing new students to the subject, to the course and to the college facilities: eg. Learning Resources, staff & Student Support
  • College and Programme Handbooks available in print and electronic format
  • Personal and academic support integrated into teaching provided by approachable lecturers and a personal tutor who monitors performance
  • Study and research skills integrated into the programme
  • Written electronic assignment feedback, within three weeks of assignment submission
  • Up-to-date computing facilities and a modern, well-equipped Learning Resources Centre
  • Virtual Learning Environment (MOODLE)
  • Access to higher education specific academic support sessions
  • Access to Student Support for students with welfare, financial or counseling needs
  • Access to Learning Support for students with educational needs.
  • Access to careers advice and support
  • Regular one-to-one tutorials and target setting
  • Core Unit 1: Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care (15 credit unit)
  • Core Unit 2: Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice (30 Credit unit)
  • Core Unit 3: Supporting the Individual journey through integrated Health and Social Care (15 Credit unit)
  • Core Unit 4: Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project) (15 Credit unit)
  • Core Unit 10: Developing Operational Management Skills for Healthcare Practice (15 Credit unit)
  • Core Unit 17: Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services (15 Credit unit)
  • Optional Unit 13: Supporting Individuals with Specific Needs (15 Credit unit)

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management) is 120 Credits and need to be met before gaining this Certificate and additional 120 Credit from level 5 total 240 Credit need to be met before gaining a Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management).

  • Core Unit 18: Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project) (30 Credit unit)
  • Core Unit 19: Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice (15 Credit unit)
  • Core Unit 23: Managing Quality in Care Environments (15 Credit unit)
  • Core Unit 25: Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments (15 Credit unit)
  • Core Unit 29: Human Resource Management for Healthcare (15 Credit unit)
  • Specialist Unit 22: Supporting Individuals through Significant Life Events (15 Credit unit)
  • Optional Unit 20: Care Planning Processes in Healthcare Practice (15 Credit unit)

CECOS College London offers a range of support and resources from the start of your programme, these are as follows:

  1. Information, advice and guidance from the first any contact all the way through certification and progression. This will support you in your next steps
  2. Learning support and disability
  3. Enrichment training to allow you to achieve all of your personal and professional goals
  4. An integrated e-portfolio system which includes, virtual classroom
  • Be 18 years old as a minimum
  • An AVCE/GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area (e.g.: Health and Social Care);
  • A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Health and Social Care, or Pearson Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or a similar discipline;
  • A GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C;
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications;
  • An Access to Health Studies Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution;
  • Related work experience in Health and/or Social Care Settings; and the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice requires at least 225 hours of work experience/placement in health and/or social care settings and a Professional Learning and Development portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed. The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice requires at least 450 hours of work experience/placement in health and/or social care settings and a Professional Learning and Development portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed over the two year period of the qualification.
  • Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

English Language Requirement

Students are expected to be able to demonstrate English language comprehension at a level equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.5 to be able to study BTEC Higher Nationals.

The Pearson expectation of IELTS 5.5 (Reading and Writing must be at 5.5) applies to all students recruited to BTEC level 4 and level 5 qualifications. The college is required to satisfy itself of the fact that the students have been recruited with integrity and that they will be able to cope with the rigour of the programme.

All students seeking admission to CECOS (including EU and Overseas) are asked to provide/undertake one of the following:

  • Evidence that their command of spoken and written English is at IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) adequate for the programme of study for which they have applied. The expectation can also be met using other English language tests such as Pearson PTE, NCFE, City & Guilds, Cambridge and ESOL etc.
  • Initial assessment of English and Maths at level 2

The tuition fee is £6,000 per annum. Students on this course may be fully funded by the Student Loan Company. This facility is only available to UK and other European Union students. For more information, please contact the admissions team at admissions@cecos.ac.uk or Tel: 020 7359 3316

 

Awarding Body Registration Fee:

The Pearson fee for HND registration is paid by the College at the time of student enrolment

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in healthcare practice, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to further specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the healthcare sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Completing a higher apprenticeship programme
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university

Progression to university
The 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:

  • BSc (Hons) in Management Studies (Health and Social Care)
  • 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

Employment
After completing a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate or Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment. Students completing the Level 5 HND in Healthcare Practice for England (Healthcare Assistant Practitioner) as part of a higher apprenticeship programme can progress directly into employment as Healthcare Assistant Practitioners, on successful completion of all elements of the Standard. The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the health and social care sector.