The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England offers students specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study.

Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making

The course offers:

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students
  • The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into further study or the world of work
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what students know) along with affective and applied skills (respectively how they behave and what they can do)Unit-specific grading and Pearson-set assignments
  • A varied approach to assessment that supports progression to higher levels and also allows centres to offer assessment relevant to the local economy

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England requires at least 450 hours of work experience/placement in health and/or social care settings and a Professional Learning and Development portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed over the two year period of the qualification.

You want to find out more about Health and Social Care and have an interest in working in a related field within that industry. It is a natural progression from A level 1 course.

The course is divided into units studied over the year with a tutorial and additional units in English and Maths. It covers all aspects of Health and Social Care including Looking After Children, Health and the Environment, Starting Work, Personal Effectiveness and Nutrition and Health. It is both a practical and academic course that is all evidence/portfolio based with no exams. You will be required to study English and Maths up to level 2.

This course is for you, if you want to work in the field of Health and Care establishments such as: Registered Care Homes, Community Work, Social Work, Probation Services or Voluntary Work.

Alternatively, if you wish to progress your studies and pursue more advanced study on:- Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work Training Courses and a range of university degree courses to seek a career in the general field of Health or Social Care.

You will have the opportunity to study the following 9 compulsory core units:

  • Developing Effective Communication
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights.
  • Safety and Security development through the Life Stages Anatomy and Physiology
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Sociological and Psychological Perspectives
  • Science for Health Nutrition
  • Human Inheritance
  • Work Experience (mandatory 55 hours)

During the second year of the programme students will study a further 9 optional units in Health and Social Care.