HNC in Healthcare Professions’ Support for England

Course Overview

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals is to develop students as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and improve the career prospects of those who take them.

The aims of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Professions’ Support for England are to:

  • Equip students with the healthcare practice skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global health and social care environment.
  • Provide education and training for a range of careers in healthcare, including healthcare assistant practitioner roles in a range of settings such as nursing assistant roles, care navigation, planning, and assessment.
  • Equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives.
  • Provide students with opportunities to address contemporary health and care issues facing the sector, and society at large, with particular emphasis on integrated and compassionate care, and person-centred and personal approaches to providing healthcare to individuals across their lifespan.
  • Offer a balance between employability skills and knowledge that is essential for students with entrepreneurial, career or academic aspirations.

At Level 4, students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the healthcare sector through seven core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set unit)
  • Principles of Health Education
  • Effective Healthcare Practice Using Maths
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology

The Level 4 Higher National Diploma is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant health and social care-related courses, for example:

  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health Studies
  • BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing.

Some examples of job roles the qualification could lead to:

  • Occupational therapy assistant practitioner
  • Operating department assistant practitioner
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation assistant practitioner
  • Maternity care assistant practitioner
  • Community care assistant practitioner.

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