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Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate Healthcare Practice for England (Integrated Health and Social Care) RQF - Level 4

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England 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 them.

  • Introductory Course Information

    Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Certificate in Healthcare Practice for England (Integrated Health and Social Care)

    Awarding body: Pearson BTEC

    UCAS Code: S50

    Location of study: South Thames College – Wandsworth Campus

    Course duration: One year (full time)

    Academic year: September 2019 – June 2020

    Days of the week: You will be expected to attend College for three (3) days a week

    Part time study: N.A.

    Work placements: Work experience is a mandatory requirement for your course.  You are required to complete a minimum of 225 hours’ work placement or experience in health and or social care settings providing direct care to service users.  You can undertake placement in more than one setting.  Please note that you are responsible for securing your own work placement as well as any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement.

    Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

    Course leader:
    Euthan Newman
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    0208 918 7340

  • Module Information

    Students will study the following Level 4 units:

    Core Mandatory Units:

    • Unit 1 (15 credits): Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care: Health and social care practitioners are regulated by, and must adhere to, a range of law and policy when working within the most common settings of health trusts, primary care and other public authority settings. Even those working in voluntary, non-profit and private organisations will require a sound understanding of law and policy in order to practice proficiently, safely, ethically and legally. This unit develops students’ knowledge and appreciation of the need for them to be thoroughly informed about relevant law and policy. Further to this, the unit presents opportunities for students to apply relevant law and policy in practice settings, both actual and realistic, and to consider the place of codes of practice and ethics in their day-to-day work.
    • Unit 2 (30 credits): Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice: Reflecting on our daily activities is an automatic process: it is part of human nature, and something conducted often unconsciously. Reflective practice involves self-observation and evaluation with the goal of refining practice on an ongoing basis. Reflecting on what we do is a fundamental skill that helps us to develop, improve personally and professionally. It is an active, dynamic process that also helps develop confidence in our ability to perform our daily working practice and to become proactive, professional leaders. The art of reflection is a tool that students will carry with them through and beyond their educational journeys and is a requisite for many roles in the sector. Developing the necessary skills early helps students to be prepared for their career progression pathways.
    • Unit 3 (15 credits): Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care: The integration of the Health and Social Care sub-sectors is important in terms of being able to provide services for the wellbeing of individuals, and to meet the increasing demands of a growing and ageing population with increasingly complex needs. Students working in health will need to be aware of integrated care pathways: a multidisciplinary approach towards anticipated care that enables an individual with identified needs to move progressively through their journey and experience positive outcomes.
    • Unit 4 (15 credits): Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project): Evidence-based practice in health and social care involves taking a systematic approach to examining a range of evidence in order to answer key questions of relevance to the sector. The basis of evidence-based practice is research. In health and social care, research is conducted for a number of reasons for example, to find prevalence or incidence of disease, to assess quality of life or patient satisfaction. Research has global relevance and plays a significant role in influencing the development of high-quality provision, supporting a high-functioning integrated workforce and promoting the health and wellbeing of those who use health, care services.

    Specialist Mandatory Units:

    • Unit 17 (15 credits): Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services: With the use of technology becoming more widespread, information is increasingly easy to obtain, store and retrieve. However, it is also becoming easy for the wrong people to have access to information. With increasing emphasis on accuracy and digital safety and taking into consideration the sensitive information recorded and used in healthcare settings, practitioners responsible for handling data or other information are expected to take the initiative on managing records appropriately and efficiently, reporting accurately to line managers.

    Optional units:

    • Unit 8 (15 credits): Addressing Health Inequalities: Despite significant advances in public health in the UK over the past century there remains inequalities in health status across the country. Public health addresses all areas relating to the health and wellbeing of our communities. It covers an extremely wide remit and addresses issues such as air pollution, obesity, climate change and smoking, to name but a few. These are issues that affect not only the individual but wider populations as well.
    • Unit 13 (15 credits): Supporting Individuals with Specific Needs: Healthcare practitioners encounter individuals with specific needs and often these needs, for example learning disability, may be an inherent part of an individual’s condition and presentation. Individuals with specific needs often present with physical and emotional disabilities across a spectrum of disorders or are those who are considered at high risk of developing specific needs as a result of illness or injury. Such conditions may impact on an individual’s ability to interpret information and they may not be able to function effectively, either cognitively and socially.

  • Teaching and Learning

    Teaching

    You are taught through a combination of lectures and practical workshops. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to library facilities throughout your course.

    Independent learning

    When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

    Assessment

    The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. All assessments are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on e.g. practical write ups. 

    Overall workload

    Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

    Academic support

    Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

    • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
    • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
    • Academic writing (including how to reference)
    • Research skills (in conjunction with the library)
    • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
    • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

    Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 64 UCAS points from at least two relevant A levels, or equivalent such as BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Scottish Highers, the Irish Leaving Certificate or the Welsh Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate. Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered.

GCSE English and mathematics at grade C or above are also required.

Additional requirements

References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by completing a short written task that assess their ability to respond to a Health and Social Care text in a critically evaluative way.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HNC, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5. For further information, please visit our Credit Transfer page. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

International Student Entry Requirements

All South Thames College HE courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0

N.A. for this course currently

Assessment

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. All assessments are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on e.g. practical write ups.

Course Costs and Financial Support

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Annual printing allowance
  • BTEC registration fee

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • The cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase

Careers and Progression

On completion of this course, you could expect to find employment as a:

  • Senior care assistant
  • Senior support worker in a health or social care setting
  • Pathway tracker
  • Integrated support worker
  • Care navigator
  • Care co-ordinator

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Where and when
Location:
Wandsworth
Duration:
1 Year
Study mode:?
Full Time
Start:
09/09/2019
Code:
WHC4001HD/1920
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 4,950
19 and older: ?
£ 4,950
Materials fees: ?
£ TBC

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Fee reductions for adult short courses

 Cost of course by campus
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Receiving income-based benefits £40* £40* 50% discount**
Aged 60 or over
  • For courses costing £53 or over you'll receive 30% off
  • For courses costing less than £53, the fee will be reduced to £40*
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* There is no reduction for courses costing less than £40 
** Non-accredited courses only (courses that don't lead to a certificate or qualification)

How to apply for reduced fees

Come to Student Services at any of our campuses with payment and proof of your age or benefit status.

Accepted proof of age:

  • Passport
  • Driving license

Accepted proof of benefits:

  • A benefits letter dated from the last two months

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CELTA courses

There are no discounts available for any of our CELTA courses. To find out more about CELTA email us at teacher.education@south-thames.ac.uk 

Leisure courses

You might be able to get a discount on some courses if:

  • You are 60+ years of age. You may have to pay for materials on some courses
  • If you're on income-based benefit. It's usually £37 each term. You may have to pay for materials on some courses. There is no College registration fee for leisure courses.

    Please bring proof of your benefit status that is less than two months old when you enrol.

Qualification courses

Aged 16-18

You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses.

Please note that if you're applying for a reduced fee, your benefit evidence needs to be no older than two months.
Aged 19 or older not on benefits

You will have to pay tuition and exam costs and you may have to pay for materials on some courses.

Aged 19 or older on 'Active Benefits' eg Jobseekers Allowance

You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses. Please note that JSA signing on books are not accepted as proof of benefits for a reduced fee.

Aged 19 or older on other benefits eg income support

You may get a discount depending on the type or level of education you've done already. You may have to pay for materials on some courses.

New government funding for 24 and older!!

If you are taking a Level 3 or 4 course, you may be able to get a government loan to cover your course. Find out more here.

There is a College registration fee of £30 but only if you are on a qualification course that is not 'full cost'. You don't pay it if you're 18 or younger or on Active Benefits.

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For CELTA courses

Apply for CELTA courses using the application form here. If you're applying for the CELTA taster day you'll need to follow the steps below to enrol.

For courses not leading to a qualification

You can enrol anytime between now and the start of your course using our enrolment form.

In person: Bring your completed form to any of our centres Monday to Thursday: 8.45am-7.00pm (10-4 during College holidays) Friday: 8.45am-4.00pm or Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm with:

  • Evidence of benefits or age(if you are applying for a reduced fee)
  • Payment (cash, cheque, credit or debit card)

By post (only if paying full fee): Send the enrolment form with a cheque or the credit card information completed to:

College Enquiry Unit, South Thames College, Merton Campus, FREEPOST CN2701, London Road, Morden Surrey, SM4 5QX

Please do not send cash in the post. Cheques should be made payable to: South Thames College Corporation. Please note we don't accept Electron or American Express cards.

By phone (only if paying full fee): Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm on 020 8918 7777 with your credit or debit card to hand. You will soon be able to pay online too.

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Advanced Learner Loan

If you're 19 or older at the start of this course and you've lived in the UK for 3 or more years, you could get a loan to help with your tuition fees. It's not means-tested, and you won't need to pay it back until you've finished your course and earn over £21,000 a year.

If you get an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access course then go on to complete a HE course, your loan repayments will be wiped off.

The amount you'll receive depends on the course and tuition fees. The minimum is £300.

How to apply

You can apply for this loan once you've got a place on the course. After you've accepted your place we'll send you a learning and funding information letter which you need to complete your loan application. You can do this online on the gov.uk website.

For full details about the loan and eligibility, see the UK government website.

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