The HNC is equivalent to the first year of a standard three-year university degree. After the HNC, you can move onto a HND with us or with another institution and then on to a one-year university top-up programme to earn a full degree.
If you're already following or interested in a career in the health and social care sector, this course will give you transferable skills underpinned by the knowledge and understanding needed for a successful career. You'll be taught through classroom-based lectures and practical assignments. You'll also need to do 200 hours of a work placement. Throughout the course, you'll be encouraged to study independently to consolidate your learning and broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.
The course covers core elements of health and social care. Mandatory and specialist units include:
- 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, which includes a 200 hour work placement
- Working in partnership in health and social care
- Empowering users of health and social care services
- Physiological principles for health and social care
- Psychology for health and social care
- Counselling skills in health and social care.
The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be HNC Diploma in Health and Social Care
Each module is assessed through coursework. Candidates will be required to undertake an initial assessment at interview.
- GCSE maths and English grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent; AND
- A related Level 3 qualification at least at merit, which could be an Access to Higher Education Certificate; OR
- At least one A-level in a relevant subject at grade A*-C OR more than one A-level at grades A*-E; OR
- Related work experience (if you're an older learner we'll take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience).
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).
Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.
You can find work in the health and social care sector or continue your studies on an HND at South Thames College or another provider.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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