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Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma Level 4 Health and Social Care

Course Structure

The level 4 BTEC Higher National Diplomas offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment. A key progression path for HNC learners is to the third (or second) year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Pearson BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

BTEC Higher Nationals in Health and Social Care have been developed to:

  • equip individuals with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the health and/or social care sector at a supervisory or management level
  • provide specialist studies relevant to individual vocations and professions in which learners are working or in which they intend to seek employment in the health and/or social care sector
  • develop the ability of learners to contribute to the health and social care environment through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
  • develop skills and techniques, and personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enable learners to make an immediate contribution to employment
  • develop transferable skills and knowledge which will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether moving within their own area of employment, moving up to a supervisory or management position or adapting to general changes in the provision or environment of health and social care
  • prepare individuals to progress to further professional development of higher-level skills through to future study or career advancement
  • enable study to be supported by vocational practice when this is considered desirable for the chosen progression within the health and social care sector
  • enable focused study in defined areas of the health and social care sector with specialist designed units.





Term 1



Communicating in Health and Social Care



Principles of Health and Social Care Practice



Term 2



Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care



Managing Human Resources in Healtha and Social Care



Supporting Independent Living



Term 3



Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace



The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care



Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care



Total credits




*Work placement unit

This course is offered full –time during the day or evening (15hrs/wk) and also on a part-time basis during the evenings and/or weekends (note: part-time course will take longer to complete).

We aim to deliver excellent teaching through a variety of styles and learning methods and enable students to translate their knowledge, understanding and skills into their business and professional practice. This is done through lectures, seminars, industry related field trips, study skills support and personal tutor support.

The qualification prepares learners for employment in the health and social care sector and will be suitable for learners who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. Some adult learners may wish to make the commitment required by this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment in health and social care or progress in higher education.

Learners studying the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Health and Social Care should be able to progress to Level 5 or second year of an undergraduate degree or directly into employment in an associated profession.



To gain the qualification each module must be successfully completed. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, assignments, projects or an examination.

Most units on the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HNC) level courses are worth 15 UK credits.  Students will be expected to commit at least 150 notional hours towards completing the learning outcomes per unit.  This usually consists of a combination of around 60% direct teaching time and around 40% independent study time (e.g. preparations for research and assessments, background reading, etc.).

Note: The HND is awarded on completion of a minimum of 240 credits (of which a minimum of 125 credits must be at level 5).

Entry Requirements

  • UK Level 3 BTEC qualification in Health and Social Care or related vocational area or;
  • A Level standard or equivalent
  • A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSEs at grade A*- C
  • Relevant work experience

More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include experience of paid and/or unpaid employment.

International students:

Overseas learners must show proficiency in the English language and have an appropriate qualification equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

Restrictions on learner entry

The BTEC Level 5 qualifications are accredited on the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF) for learners aged 18 years and over.

Admissions Process

The College will ensure that entry requirements are applied in accordance with institutional policy and that the admissions process will take the following format.

  • All applicants must complete an application form
  • Applicants will be subject to a personal (or Skype) interview where possible either by a member of the admissions team or approved agency (where this is not possible acceptance will be based on the information contained in the application form and any supporting documents)
  • If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme
  • Selection will be in the light of previous qualifications, past experience, and future aspirations
  • Mature entry applicants without the standard academic background will normally be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme
  • Educational and employment references will be taken up wherever possible
  • All applicants must present original examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable).


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A key progression path for BTEC HNC learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of units to the degree programme in question. To see who accepts the HNC for progression please see the Pearson/Edexcel website

The BTEC Higher Nationals in Health and Social Care have been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind. It is essential that learners gain the maximum benefit from their programme of study. The professional bodies for the professions allied to health recognise only specifically tailored qualifications.

Further details of professional body recognition and exemptions for BTEC Higher Nationals are given in the BTEC Higher Nationals – Professional Recognition and Progression Directory 2008 available from: