West Thames College London

Health and Social Care - Higher National Certificate (HNC)

This full-time higher education course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work in the health or social care sector at a supervisory or management level. You will undertake specialist studies relevant to your chosen vocation or profession, learn to contribute to the health and social care environment, and develop skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a successful career.

Key course features


  • Edexcel BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • JACS Code: 5L10
  • Institution Code: W65

Level: Level 4

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 25 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Adult students who wish to work in the health or social care sector at a supervisory or management level.

About the course

You will study:

  • 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

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, presentations, independent study and tutorials.

For the Level 4 Higher National Certificate, you must achieve a minimum of 120 credits in your programme (of which at least 65 must be at level 4). To be awarded the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, you must achieve a minimum of 240 credits (of which at least 125 must be at level 5).

Additional opportunities

You are expected to complete at least 200 hours of work based experience during the course, which can be in the form of paid or voluntary work. You will be assisted if you need help finding a work placement.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through assignment work, case studies and presentations.

Where next?

You may wish to go on to the Higher National Diploma (HND). Depending on the specialist units undertaken, this qualification can lead to work in health care such as GP practice manager, hospital admin staff or care home managers; or in social care such as youth work, community project workers or managers, complementary therapist or young offenders team worker.

Entry requirements

You should be aged 18 or over and have a Level 3 qualification and experience in a health and social care environment. If you have not achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade C / grade 4 or above, you will be asked to retake Maths and/or English qualifications alongside your HE programme. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.


The tuition fee is for 12 months of study and may be subject to change in subsequent years. The course fee is usually covered by your student loan and you will not need to pay this back until you have completed this course and when you are earning over £21,000 a year.

How to apply?
Please apply via www.UCAS.com or click the "apply now" button below and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


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