West Thames College London

Health and Social Care - Higher National Diploma (HND)

The level 5 HND offers a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding. The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

Key course features


  • Edexcel BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • JACS Code: L500
  • Institution Code: W65

Level: Level 5

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 03 October 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:

  • Managing human resources within a health and social care context
  • Managing human finances within a health and social care context
  • Facilitating change within a health and social care context

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

Additional opportunities


How will I be assessed?

To gain the qualification each module must be successfully completed. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, assignments or projects.

Most units on the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level courses are worth 15 UK credits. Students will be expected to commit at least 150 notional hours towards completing the learning outcomes per unit. This usually consists of a combination of around 60% direct teaching time and around 40% independent study time (e.g. preparations for research and assessments, background reading, etc).

Note: The HND is awarded on completion of a minimum of 240 credits (of which a minimum of 125 credits must be at level 5).

Where next?

A key progression path for HND learners is to a one year Top-up degree at university in a related field. Alternatively, you could take up employment with a Health or Social Care related organisation.

Entry requirements

You should be aged 18 or over and have a relevant Level 3 qualification or at least one A Level in a relevant subject at grade A*-C or more than one A Level at grades A*-E. You will also need to have attained GCSE English and maths at Grade C or above. If you're an older learner we can take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience. 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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