Health and Care Professions

Healthcare Practice (Nursing and Healthcare Support)

Leaflet Code: CR40220FT


The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice (Nursing and Healthcare Support pathway) is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the healthcare sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it.
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice (Nursing and Healthcare Support pathway) offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of specialist optional units This effectively builds underpinning core and specialist skills while preparing the student for further progression to Level 5.
Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and workplace learning and experience.
The qualification comprises of 120 credits made up from 7 different units, and completion/submission of a Practical Learning and Assessment Development Portfolio is a core requirement of this programme.
This course is supported by focused study in areas of health and social care including specially designed units. You will be given the opportunity to develop and contribute to the health and social care environment through the combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme. The course includes 225 hours mandatory work experience in an occupationally relevant setting, and you will be supported in developing practice-based competencies by Tutors/Assessors and designated Workplace Mentors.

  • Openshaw Campus
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2024

You will be taught by a team of experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the Healthcare practice sector. All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s qualifications or relevant industry experience. Our staff maintain strong links with industry and regularly update their knowledge and skills.

• 48 UCAS points

• Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a related subject for example Public Services, Health and Social care, A Levels etc (Contact the course tutor for further details).

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill Health (15 credits)

Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice (30 credits)

Effective Healthcare Practice using Maths (15 credits)

Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (15 credits)

Health Education in Action (15 credits)

Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care (15 credits)

Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care (15 credits)

50% practical learning and assessment development portfolio
20% essay/reports
20% case studies, professional discussion, observation
10% presentations

All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing.

When undertaking your dissertation you may also need to factor in travel costs to and from your place of research if working with clubs etc

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

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All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.