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HNC in Healthcare Practice

Course Title

HNC in Healthcare Practice

Campus Location

Whittingham and Shenstone House Campus

Why study this course?

This course will develop learners’ skills, knowledge, and behaviours of the healthcare industry, preparing learners for the future workplace to work alongside a variety of different healthcare professionals and service users. The program offers a well-rounded education that combines industrial placement and theoretical knowledge that prepares learners for the workplace, offering an extensive list of opportunities that supports professional and personal development.

Successful completion of the Level 4 vocational qualification can help learners careers an academic development in several ways:

  • Entering employment.
  • Continuing existing employment.
  • Progressing to university.
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development.

Once successfully completed, learners can progress onto HND Healthcare Practice.

Length of course

1 academic year

Compulsory Modules

Unit 1 Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care (15 credits)

Unit 2 Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

Unit 3 Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care (15 credits)

Unit 4 Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project) (15 credits)

Unit 17 Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services (15 credits)

Optional units are subject to change:

Unit 8 Addressing Health Inequalities (15 credits)

Unit 14 Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Health (15 credits)

A total of 120 credits must be achieved.


The course will be delivered full-time to learners. This will be over two days a week and two days placement a week, learners are expected to complete independent study alongside guided learning hours. Learners will have 1 hour a week of tutorial with the Personal Coach. Modes of learning may include face-to-face and virtual learning, access to virtual learning environments include Moodle and Microsoft Teams whereby learning resources will be accessible to learners.


There will be a variety of different assessment methods that will be used throughout the HNC. These include, and are not exhaustive of: portfolios, presentations, professional discussions, observations, essays and reports.

Learners will receive results as Pass, Merit or Distinction 15 working days after submitting.

You will be required to complete 225 hours of placement.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply via UCAS Apply, using the UCAS code: CHCP

Click here to watch a video on how to use UCAS Apply

Should any applicants have questions or queries, please contact the Student HUB for further guidance:

Phone: 0121 602 7777

Or via the live chat facility on the College’s website

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE’s Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.

And one or more of the following:

  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care B Grade.
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care C Grade.
  • BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care Diploma Merit Grade.
  • BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Pass Grade.
  • 2 A Levels in Health and Social Care related courses – these may include A Level Biology, A Level Sociology, A Level Psychology, to list a few examples. These need to be of a C grade or above.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Start date

September 2024


September 2024 – timetables are to be confirmed.


September 2024 – timetables are to be confirmed.

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Full-time mode of study

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