Health and Social Care

HND Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care programmes are in high and increasing demand with hospitals, care homes, charities and community centres under increasing pressure for services to address the diverse and complex needs of a multitude of patients.

The HND in Health and Social Care is ideal for those who wish to specialise and pursue a career in the care sector. The courses are intended to create health professionals with a thorough understanding of managing health and social care services.

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed during the HNC and gives advanced preparation if you want to follow a career in health and social care. If you’re already working in the sector, an HND would enhance your job prospects. Designed to equip you with the knowledge and understanding required for successful employment, this course will give you the transferable skills to meet the increasing demands of the health care sector.

The course provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the Health and Social Care sector. Higher Nationals offer a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in the sector.

The HND in Health and Social Care course have been designed to equip individuals with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for employment in Health & Social Care, both in the UK and overseas. These qualifications meet and exceed the National minimum standard of qualification set by the Care Quality Commission for those practising in Health & Social Care in the UK.

The course prepare and equip students with knowledge and skills in the practice and management of Health and Social Care programmes leading to employment or further and higher education to degree level.

The course is suitable also for all those already working in the sector who wish to gain practical skills and a formal Level 5 qualification in order to progress to supervisor or junior management level roles

Course Length: 2 years;

Start dates: February / July / October

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
  • Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care
  • Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care
  • Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care
  • Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care

Year 2

  • Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care
  • Supporting Independent Living
  • Supporting Significant Life Events
  • The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care
  • Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care
  • Managing Quality in Health and Social Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Research Project

 

* The units can vary, depending on the optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure.

Assessment is based on assignments, typically one assignment per unit. These assignments will vary and include a mix of formal reports, presentations and practical tasks, but there will be no formal exams.  You won’t have to write any exams during your HND; instead you will focus on gaining practical, applicable skills through real-world case studies and group and individual assignments.  Learners are assessed using a variety of methods, including group work, tutorials, lectures, seminars presentations, role play and case study analyses, written assignments. All units will be individually graded as ‘passes, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. To achieve a full qualification you must pass all 8 units to achieve the higher certificate and all 16 units to achieve the higher diploma.

The majority of students graduating from this course progress to a one year top-up degree at university in a related field. There are optional university higher education courses in fields such as Nursing, Social Work, Teaching Psychology, Sociology, Health Studies, Social Policy, or Health Care Management. Alternatively, you could take up employment with a Health or Social care related organisation

Students will gain a qualification that will support progression into job roles with greater responsibility within this sector, for example, supervisory and management roles. Upon successful completion of the course and/or completion of further specialist study, job roles may include; Care Home Manager, Social Care Worker, Midwife, Paramedic, Health Care Trainer, Safeguarding Officer, or Public Health Personnel.

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old;
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of prior certificated learning (e.g. Secondary School Diploma/Baccalaureate/Level 3 qualification) or relevant work experience;
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language;
  • An interview with the college is compulsory prior student registration.
  • Applicants must bring their original certificates when coming for registration

Self-Founding

The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Founds                                                                                                         

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. Tuition fee loans, to cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. You won’t have to pay back the loan until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.  Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs.

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Health and Social Care – Level 3 Diploma

This specialist course gives you an in depth understanding of different aspects of health and social care. The qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a senior role with adults in health and social care environments. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.

This is a comprehensive course for individuals wanting to progress into higher education and/or a career in a wide range of professions within the fields of health and social care. The course provides a foundation for a range of careers including nursing, radiography, speech therapy, children’s nursing, occupational therapy, podiatry, primary teaching, social work, operating department practitioner, mental health and dental nursing. It also enables access to higher education degrees.

The focus of the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is in delivering physical and emotional support, enabling Care to clients whether in Health & Social Care, public, private or voluntary sectors.

The Level 3 in Care is designed to be relevant to learners who will be delivering Care; often without direct supervision, demonstrating a degree of responsibility and autonomy and making decisions within previously agreed boundaries.The course is planned so that you can learn about the caring community, including various groups and organisations working with those who have a have a disability, young individuals, vulnerable adults and older people with a range of needs, in a variety of different settings.

This vocational course will prepare you for jobs in the Health and Social Care sector such as support/care workers.  It can also lead on to higher education in Health and Social Care sector or onto further study at University to gain qualifications in nursing, physiotherapy, or social work, studying at degree level.

Course Length: 3 – 6 months;

Start dates:  January April, July, September;

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Course Structure

  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Equality Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Values and Planning in Social Care
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Adults and promoting Independence

* The units can vary, depending on the optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure.

It will be internally assessed by a range of methods. This will include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments, questioning and witness testimony from colleagues or managers. Learners will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

You can go on to a degree in nursing, midwifery, sociology, psychology, social work, criminology or youth work, or progress to higher education HND course in managing health and care services, social policy or teacher training. If you wish to go into employment straight away, you could work in a registered care home, community work, the voluntary sector, a hospital or primary care trust.

It’s all about helping people. Careers in healthcare are about helping people who are having problems with their physical health. Careers in social care are concerned with helping vulnerable people in the community and providing them with support so that they can benefit from a much more improved way of life.

Examples of jobs opportunities for a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care graduate:

  • Healthcare support worker
  • Care assistant
  • Support worker – supported living
  • Home care support worker
  • Care supervisor
  • Social services officer
  • Outreach development worker
  • Community support worker
  • Applicants must be 19+, motivated to study with a clear intention to progress to a higher education course;
  • There are flexible qualification requirements for admission, but all applicants will be interviewed during the admissions process.
  • Applicants will need to take a diagnostic assessment of literacy (unless already qualified to Level 2 in English and Maths)

Self-Founding

You can choose to fund this course yourself. The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Founds    

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite Stay, you can receive support from the government via 19+Advanced Learning Loan to cover tuition fees costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. These loans help learners aged 19 and over, to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England.

You can get a tuition fee loan to cover your full course fees. You only start to pay back your student loan after you finish studying and are earning over £21,000 a year.

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