Health & Social Care
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

The course has a vocational context with a strong managerial emphasis; fundamental principles and theory are also covered so that students can keep up to date with and understand current generic themes across the health and social care sector. The key themes covered will give those on the programme the opportunity to develop the following:

  • equip individuals with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the health and/or social care sector at a supervisory or management level
  • supervisory or management position or adapting to general changes in the provision or environment of health and social care
  • prepare individuals to progress to further professional development of higher-level skills through to future study or career advancement

Health and Social Care HND – Unit information Year 1 Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations Develop your awareness of different forms of communication used in health and social care settings and its importance for effective service delivery. You will also investigate the communication processes in health and social care settings and consider the barriers to communication and ways to overcome these barriers.

Principles of Health and Social Care Practice Develop your understanding of the values, theories and policies underpinning health and social care practice and the mechanisms that exist to promote good practice. You will consider theories and policies that underpin health and social care practice and explore formal and informal mechanisms required to promote good practice by individuals in the workforce.

Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace Gain an understanding of your responsibilities in ensuring the health and safety of the health and social care workplace and the people within it. You will gain a clear understanding of the implications of relevant legislation for your own role and the implementation of policies and systems in the workplace.

Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care Learn how to be a reflective practitioner by applying your understanding and skills to your own health and social care setting. Your practice, observations and learning in the workplace will be supplemented with wider understanding and knowledge from all parts of the course.

Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care Develop an understanding of the importance of working positively in partnership with others in health and social care. You will explore the nature of partnership on three levels by examining partnerships with users of services, by considering partnerships between different professionals within health and social care and by investigating organisational partnerships.

Physiological Principles of Health and Social Care Gain a holistic overview of the structure and functioning of the human body as appropriate for those working in health and social care. You will develop an understanding of the main structures of the body and the appropriate terminology encountered when working with health professionals.

Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care Develop an understanding of the processes involved in the recruitment, management and development of people in the health and social care workplace.

Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care Develop an understanding of how to control expenditure against fixed budgets. You will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding needed to monitor costs, make predictions, evaluate the process of effective control of resource allocation, including shortfalls, and make recommendations for expenditure.

Year 2 Research Project Develop your skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to your higher education programme and professional development. You will be expected to consider the elements that make up formal research, including the proposal, and methodologies while considering ethical aspects of formal research. You will also plan and carry out the research and present your findings.

Safeguarding in Health and Social Care Develop an understanding of the factors of abuse, and study the working practices and strategies to reduce and prevent its occurrence. Learners will consider the multi-agency approach and look at the strategies that are in place for all health and social care professionals to work together to minimise occurrences of abuse in health and social care contexts.

Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care Gain an insight into the ways that health and social care services empower users with specific needs to access the services they need easily. You will have the opportunity to develop understanding of the impact the approaches and interventions have on individuals (particularly those who display challenging behaviour) and how, in turn, their needs affect the ways that services are provided.

Supporting Independent Living Develop an understanding of how technology can support independent living and the implications of developments in assistive and communication technology. You will investigate the uses of current technology which can help individuals lead a more independent life.

Employability Skills This unit will help you acquire the honed employability skills required for effective employment. You will assess and develop an understanding of your own responsibilities and performance in or when entering the workplace.

Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care Gain an understanding of the factors of change in health and social care services, and the practice of evaluating and facilitating change. You will be introduced to the range of factors that can influence change; the effects of change on organisations, staff and users of services and the key principles of successful change management.

Health Promotion Gain an understanding of the influences on health in a modern society and also the factors which influence national and regional strategies to promote health. You will investigate a range of influences on health and also reasons for the varied success of health promotion campaigns and strategies.

Entry Requirements

One of the following Level 3 qualifications: BTEC L3 Extended/Diploma/Access to HE Diploma/1 A level or 2 AS levels. Work based qualifications will also need learners to be working in the relevant sector. Some courses will have specific entry requirements. Mature students who do not meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience, passing the course entrance assessment and successful interview. If first language is not English, learners should have a minimum of 6.00 in IELTS for Foundation Degrees and 5.5 for Higher National Diplomas alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification.

Assessment Method

Each module is assessed using a variety of assessment methods. Each module carries a number of assessments. Depending on the unit you will be assessed through combinations of the following, formal reports, presentations, in-class and practice tests, case studies and reflective statements. You will be required to demonstrate creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection, time management and effective communication skills.

Progression Opportunities

The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.


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