Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Social and Community Work (Social and Community Work Practice)
This course is delivered through a combination of classroom teaching and a 225-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.
Course Code: 78523
Duration: 30 Weeks
The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Social and Community Work is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the social and community work 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.
There is a focus on helping you to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for continuing 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 mandatory units are outlined as below:
- Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
- Health & Safety in the Health & Social Care Workplace
- Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
- Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
- Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
- Social Work Principles and Introduction to Practice
- Applied Understanding of Human Development and Behaviour
- Health, Safety and Risk Management in Care Environments
Candidates must be at least 18 years old and meet the following criteria:
- GCSE English Language Grade C or above or Equivalent
- GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above or Equivalent
A minimum of 64 UCAS tariff or equivalent which may include:
- 2 A levels
- Level 3 BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma
- Level 3 CACHE Extended Diploma
- Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 58%+
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- PTE 51
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
- Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Level 2, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).
- Successful completion of the admissions process
- Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section
- Experience of work or placements in the health and social sector are desirable criteria
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
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 apply to related Degree programmes. Previous SERC Graduates have successfully applied to Degrees in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Youth work and Speech and Language Therapy.
In 2017/2018, over 90% of HNC students received a University offer with the majority progressing to their 1st choice degree at 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?
Students must pay for their Access NI clearance, current cost is £33 - please note your own workplace clearance may suffice.
Students will have to pay for production of posters for class presentations. Approximate cost of £30.
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