Pearson BTEC HNC in Healthcare Practice

This course is ideal for those who want to progress to study and work in the Health Care industry. It 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 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.

Academic Year: 2023/24

Course Code: 10637

Campus: Newtownards

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education


The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:00-17:30

Course Structure

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

Contact Hours

Contact hours per week

6 hours contact time to include practical classes, lecturers, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 1.5 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

11 hours maximum studying and preparing assessment in your own time per week including use of online materials.


This will require you to attend College 1 day a week and to attend your vocational placement to complete the 225 hours through 2 years.

Entry Requirements

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

General Entry Requirements:

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy


A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:

  • Two A Levels at A2 OR 
  • Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma OR
  • Level 3 CACHE Extended Diploma  

Access Diploma:

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

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • 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 2019/2020, over 85% of HNC students received their 1st choice University offer with the majority progressing to Queen's and Ulster University 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.

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.

Course and Provider regulated by Pearson.
Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

Available Sessions Summary

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:00-17:30

Enquiries Information

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Kirsten McCardell
Pearson BTEC HNC in Healthcare Practice
I have gained valuable knowledge, I am so glad I decided to do the HNC in Healthcare Practice, without it I wouldn’t have been able to progress into the career I have always wanted.
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