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Pearson BTEC HNC in Healthcare 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.
Lisburn, Newtownards
1 Year
Level 4

Course Structure

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Health Care Practice 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.


Mandatory modules are:

  • 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
  • Health Education in Action
  • Effective Health Care Practice using Maths
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill-Health


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Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

  • 15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

  • Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

  • 22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.


  • This will require you to attend College for 3 days a week and to attend your vocational placement for up to 2 days a week.

Entry Requirements

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

GCSE English

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above or Equivalent

GCSE Maths

  • 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

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 58%+

International requirements

  • 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

Additional Skills

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

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and exams. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

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 & 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. 

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.

Additional Costs

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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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.

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