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Pearson BTEC HNC in Health and Social Care (QCF)

The course focuses on giving you the theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and values to further your career in Health and Social Care professions.

Course Overview

This course is delivered through a combination of classroom teaching and a 200 hour work placement in a relevant Health and Social Care workplace.  This may be your current job if suitable.  Both of these elements are a compulsory part of the course.  It is the student's responsibility to identify their own placement. Support for this will be provided during induction.

There is a focus on helping you to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for further education, employment and professional development within the Health and Social Care sector.  You will be encouraged to develop and reflect on your learning within a continuous learning environment.

The course is delivered as a full-time programme, with approximately 15.5 teaching hours expected per week.  This will require you to attend college for 3 days a week and to attend your vocational placement for 2 days a week.

Your tutors are qualified practicing Health & Social Care professionals including nurses and social workers.

Modules may include:


Mandatory modules are:

  • Communicating in Health & Social Care Practice
  • Health & Safety in the Health & Social Care Workplace
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health & Social Care
  • Principles of Health & Social Care Practice
  • Empowering Service Users
  • Working in partnership in Health & Social Care   
  • Safeguarding in Health & Social Care

Optional modules are:

  • Physiological Perspectives (or) Social Policy

Students are required to take eight subjects to achieve the Level 4 qualification.

The Programme is eligible for funding.  You should research your funding options very carefully, for example, the one year full-time programme attracts a level of funding that is applicable to a one year course. Students should contact Student Finance NI http://www.studentfinanceni.co.uk or can request information from funding@serc.ac.uk. 

Access NI clearance will need to be processed for each student.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and meet the following criteria:

  • GCE A Level: CC or above
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above.
  • Level 3 90 Credit Extended Diploma with a MERIT overall or 60 Credit with a DISTINCTION overall.  
  • Level 3 NVQ in a relevant vocational area.
  • An Access course with a result of 63% or over.
  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).  APEL is a process by which you may be awarded credits for learning that you have gained in the past, and which is relevant to the course to which you have applied.  It may also help you gain entry to a programme if you do not have the required entry qualifications.  This may be certified or experiential learning.  Please ask for additional information.

Other qualifications/equivalents may be considered. Please contact us to discuss. 

Experience of work or placements in the health and social sector are desirable criteria. 

If you do not meet this criteria you may still be able to apply for the part time Level 4 (two year course).

You will be required to attend an interview as part of your application to this course. 

Where will it take me?

Progression routes include further study or employment in the relevant field.  This qualification will give you a minimum of 120 credits which you can use to progress to related Degree programmes.  Previous students have successfully applied to Degrees in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Youth work, Speech & Language therapy and associated Social Sciences.

In 2015/2016, over 85% of students received their 1st choice University offer with the majority progressing to Queen's and Ulster Universities to study Nursing and Social Work.

The course can lead directly into a career in Health and Social care, for example previous students have sought employment as auxiliary nurses, community care assistants, and residential support workers.

Students can progress to the Level 5 HND (Management Level which is delivered in the Newtownards Campus as a blended learning course).  Your tutors will discuss this during the Level 4 programme.

How will it make me more employable?

This programme will provide you with the skills to enable you to meet the demands of a challenging Health and Social Care sector. 

It may help you to manage a change in your personal circumstances, which has led you to consider retraining in the Health and Social Care sector.  It may also help you to contribute to your requirements for continuous professional development. 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

The assessment of this programme is referenced to set learning outcomes which you are required to pass.  Assessment strategies include continuous assessment through work-based and class-based learning.  Role-plays, presentations, essays, group work and poster presentations are used frequently to assess your learning.  Assessment will also include time constrained activities.  These will require you to meet set criteria under exam conditions.  Your vocational practice will be assessed through observation, reports and a personal reflective log.  At the end of the year you will be expected to present a portfolio of evidence that meets all course requirements.

Possible grades for the programme include Distinction, Merit, Pass and Fail.  These will be calculated at the end of the year.

Additional Costs
Students must pay for their Access NI clearance - please note your own workplace clearance may suffice.
Course and Provider regulated by Pearson.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures.
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.

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