HNC in Healthcare Practice for England
Level 4

Course Overview

The HNC in Health Care Practice is a qualification designed and developed to meet professional standards.  The HNC helps to develop not only academic skills and abilities, but also work‑readiness skills.  It is recognised by employers and universities.

This is a work-related qualification for students taking their first steps into employment or those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. The HNC provides progression into the workplace either directly or via study at university and it is also designed to meet employer’s needs. Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal technical professional qualification.  At level 4, the HNC is recognised as being the same level as a first year UK Honours degree.



The content is stimulating and provides an exciting experience equipping learners with skills for the future world of Healthcare.

You will need to have successfully completed studies at level 3.  You should also hold at least a GCSE grade C (4) or equivalent in English and you should have some experience of working either voluntarily or in employment within the health and social care sector.

BTEC Higher Nationals are a suitable option for anyone progressing from Level 3 study. Learners may have completed A-levels, a BTEC National or another equivalent qualification. Learners may come straight from Level 3 study, or have spent time in the workplace.

The Higher National qualification is made up of 7 units of study. This qualification is directly mapped to apprenticeship core standards. This means that all units studied on this course are core units.

You will study units including:

Unit 1 – Law, Policy and ethical practice in Health and Social care

Unit 2 – Demonstrating Professional principles and values in Health and Social care practice

Unit 3 – Supporting the Individual journey through integrated Health and Social care

Unit 4 – Fundamentals of evidence based practice (Pearson set project)

Unit 5 – Health education in Action

Unit 7 – Effective Healthcare practice using Maths

Unit 17 – Effective recording and reporting in healthcare

Assessment methods are varied and include practice based assessment.  This may take place in a work placement setting or in our dedicated clinical skills lab where you will have access to a hospital ward with interactive manikins and health care equipment

You will also be required to complete at least 225 hours in placement or employment within a Health Care setting alongside your course.

The Healthcare Profession offers a variety of rewarding careers working with adults and/or children both in the community and in clinical settings.

The HNC in Health Care Practice may support you in making a career change, or equally may support you in developing within your existing career.  This course may also support you to gain entry to further HE study in Health related industries where registration for work is mandatory. These industries could include Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Radiography amongst others.

If you are interested in applying for this course please contact our Student Services team on 0191 229 5000.  You can also access our website where you can find out more about our courses and complete an online application form.

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leader if you would like any further guidance before joining us:

Programme leader contact: Julie Anderson

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This course starts on Tuesday 17th January.

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