HND in Healthcare Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care)

Awarding Body: Pearson

RQF: 5

Location : London Churchill College

Fees: £6000/Year


2 years (Full Time)

Academic Year:
To Be Confirmed

Term Date:
To Be Confirmed

The purpose of the Pearson BTEC Higher National in Healthcare Practice is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the healthcare sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

The objectives of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice are as follows:

  • To equip students with the Healthcare Practice skills, the knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global health and social care environment
  • To provide education and training for a range of careers in healthcare, including: healthcare
    support and assistant roles in a range of settings, nursing assistant/auxiliary roles, care  navigation, planning and assessment roles as well as roles in public health, health promotion and non-clinical healthcare supervisory or lower management
  • To provide insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the healthcare sector, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels
  • To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations,
    cross-cultural issues, diversity and values
  • To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in healthcare, or
    progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in Nursing, Public
    Health, Healthcare Administration or a related area
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal
    attributes essential for successful working lives
  • To support students to understand the local, regional and global context of healthcare
    practice, management and health promotion and, for those students with a global outlook,
    to aspire to international career pathways
  • To 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 approaches to providing healthcare to individuals across their lifespan
  • To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised professional
    qualification within their chosen area of specialisation
  • To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond
  • To allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs
  • To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or  academic aspirations
  • To provide students with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their
    relation to personal, professional and statutory responsibilities within the industry.

We meet these objectives by:

  • Providing a thorough grounding in healthcare principles and a degree of specialism at Level 5 relating to individual professions within the healthcare sector.
  • Equipping individuals with sector-relevant acumen, understanding and healthcare practice skills for success in a range of the healthcare, health promotion, navigation and non-clinical supervisory or lower management roles in healthcare.
  • Enabling progression to a university degree by supporting the development of appropriate academic study skills.

Your Future

London Churchill College (LCC) facilitates an excellent student experience in bringing practice into the curriculum and helping students to reflect on their work experience and their professional and personal development. The Work Experience Policy sets out arrangements for and integration of
work experience and voluntary work-based learning into our courses and identifies responsibilities for the College, students and employers.

Professional Recognition
Pearson’s qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised by employers and professional organisations. The recognition of the Higher National Diploma (HND) is a way for students to prepare for jobs and careers in their chosen field through membership of relevant professional bodies. Pearson students and graduates may be offered exemptions by professional bodies from parts of their own qualifications in relation to membership.


  • Generally a minimum of one A level (in an appropriate subject) or
  • 5 GCSEs or a BTEC National Award or GNVQ Advanced Qualification at pass level or
    equivalent, or
  • Any equivalent overseas qualification, or
  • Applications from mature students with relevant work experience are welcome.

English Language Requirement

Applicants who wish to apply for the course must provide evidence of a proficiency in English Language to a minimum of level CEFR B2 /IELTS 5.5 (Reading and Writing must be at 5.5) through a
certificate from an approved awarding body (e.g. City and Guilds, Edexcel, Cambridge ESOL, TOEFL, Trinity, PTE 51) or complete an English assessment set by London Churchill College. Evidence of proficiency in English is not required if the applicant has studied the last two years (example GCE or GCSE) or equivalent qualification in the English medium.

Additional support will be provided on specific days organised by LCC to those students who have
already gained admission by satisfying the requirement and still want to improve their English.

Admission Interview:

All shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview as part of the College’s selection process.
The complete admission process at London Churchill College can be found in the following link


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, Group tutorials and one to one sessions.
Group Tutorials enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures
in smaller groups; you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor for one to one

You will have access to College library and ICT lab facilities throughout your course. During the course, you will have between 10 to 13 contact hours per week, consisting of:

  • 6-9 hours of lectures
  • 3 hours of Group Tutorial
  • 1 hour of one-to-one sessions


The aims of the learning are to-

  • Enable students to move from directed towards greater self-directed and autonomous
    learning, specifically encouraging a positive attitude towards independent learning.
  • Articulate measured approaches to the delivery of learning which enables every student to
    develop, as independent learners, studying their chosen subject(s) in depth and enhancing
    their employability, as well as nurturing the growth of analytical, critical and creative
    thinking skills.
  • Ensure the provision of inclusive learning through promoting equality, diversity
    and equal opportunity.
  • Ensure lecturers, internal verifiers and anyone involved in teaching or
    supporting student learning are appropriately qualified, supported and

Overall workload

Each 15-credit unit approximates to a TQT (TQT (Total Qualification Time) of 150 hours and 60 hours of Guided Learning and 90 hours of independent learning.

Academic support

The College is discharging its responsibilities for setting and maintaining academic standards,
assuring and enhancing the quality of learning opportunities for students and ensuring all academic provision including programmes, modules and units and underpinning resources (technical and physical) are up to date and fit for the purpose. Personal tutors comply with the College’s commitment to supporting greater opportunities for access to education for students who might otherwise not realise their full potential.

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Our Student Support and Reasonable Adjustments Policy ensures that students with additional
needs receive the support they need to enable equality throughout the College.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely
matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics,
professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.


Supervision and assessment requirements on placement/experience
Students are expected to be allocated a placement/experience supervisor during their placement/experience in each setting who will monitor and contribute to the continuous assessment of their progress; students are also required to be assessed during their practice on placement/experience by a tutor/assessor from the College delivering the qualification.

Assessment Strategies

Pearson-set assignments
At both Level 4 and Level 5, as part of the Core units, there are Pearson-set assignments. Each year, Pearson will issue a Theme and (for Level 4) a set of related Topics. The College will develop an assignment, to be internally assessed, to engage students in work related to the Pearson-set Theme.

At Level 4, students will select a Topic to further define their approach to the Theme and assignment. At Level 5, it is expected that students will define their own Topic, in negotiation with tutors, based on the Pearson-set Theme.

Practice-based assessments

A key feature of the Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice is the inclusion of ‘practice-based assessment’ at Level 4 and Level 5. These assessments are intended to provide a framework in which necessary work-based learning can be delivered and assessed.


Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by the College) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by the College). Pearson-set assignments are mandatory and target particular industry-specific skills.

  • For the HND, two Core units: one Core, 15 credit, unit at Level 4 and one Core, 30 credit, unit at Level 5, will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills.
  • All other units are assessed by College-devised internal assignments.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments. Feedback from markers should be provided within 4 weeks from the submission deadline and the feedback must be clear, legible and constructive. It must also be linked to the learning outcomes and the assessment.

Pearson would expect that an HND student would have achieved at least 90 credits at Level 4 before progressing to Level 5 units. This allows for the students to submit the remaining 30 credits at Level 4 while undertaking their Level 5 study.


Qualification frameworks Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designated Higher
Education qualifications in the UK. They are aligned to the Framework for Higher Education
Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Sector Benchmarks. These qualifications have been regulated to the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

To achieve the HND in Healthcare Practice, students are required to complete 14 units. Qualification
credit value is minimum of 240 credits. This is made up of fourteen units, twelve with a value of 15
credits, and two with a value of 30 credits.

Student Progression to Year 2:

  • Student should PASS/Achieve minimum 90 credits to be allowed to start the second year.a. Each unit in year 1 carries 15 credits, hence student should PASS a minimum 6 units.
  • Students who are unsuccessful in achieving 90 credits (Pass minimum 6 units), should stay in year 1 to complete minimum requirements.

Any student who does not meet progression requirements may not be allowed, at the discretion of the College, to continue and the termination process will be invoked.

Guidance on Re-submission and Repeat:

  • A Student will only have one Re-submission opportunity for a Referred unit. A Re-submission
    typically involves a reworking of the original task.
  • At the discretion of the Assessment and Progression Board, a student who has not passed the
    Re-Submission may have the opportunity to Repeat an assignment. This will not be based on the
    original task.
  • Students may not be allowed to transfer; this is at the discretion of the College.
  • Re-submission and Repeat should be capped to PASS.

Structure of HND in Healthcare Practice at LCC (Integrated Health and Social Care)

SL noUnit NoUnit nameLevelUnit creditTerm, Year
11Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social
Care (core)
415Term 1, Year 1
22Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in
Health and Social Care Practice (core)
34Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set
Project) (core)
43Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care (core)415Term 2, Year 1
517Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services (core)415
66Supporting Dementia Care (optional L4)415
713Supporting Individuals with Specific Needs (optional L4)415Term 3, Year 1
818Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project) (core)530
919Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice (core)515Term 1, Year 2
1026Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Social Care Services
(Specialist Mandatory)
1122Supporting Individuals through Significant Life Events (Specialist Mandatory)515Term 2, Year 2
1220Care Planning Processes in Healthcare Practice (Specialist Mandatory)515
1323Managing Quality in Care Environments (specialist L5)515Term 3, Year 2
1425Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments (specialist L5)515
  • There is a 450 hours work experience requirement for student to complete over the two years period.

Work Experience

LCC locates learning in the context of the student’s workplace or volunteering activities. In the
Pearson HND Healthcare Practice students must agree to complete the mandatory requirements of
450 hours of work experience. Students undertake a variety of work experience including Workintegrated Learning and Work-based Learning. The Work Experience Policy explains the
requirements and responsibilities of all parties, where appropriate. This can be completed prior to
joining the College or during the Programme.

PathwayMin. no. of
Types of settingsMinimum number of
hours in each
HND in Healthcare
Practice (Integrated
Health and Social
OneAny health and/or
social care setting
providing direct care to
service users