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Healthcare Practice for England HNC (Level 4) — Full-time

Course outline

This Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice for England is designed to provide you with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in a health and/or social care environment.

Such roles include healthcare support and assistant roles in a range of settings, planning and assessment roles as well as roles in public health and health promotion. You will gain a valuable insight into the diversity of roles within the healthcare sector and the importance of collaboration and excellent communication at all levels.

This course is suitable for those people currently employed in relevant sectors and seeking higher-level qualifications to further develop their career.

You'll be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts, values and principles of healthcare practice, and the skills necessary to perform effectively in a variety of settings within the health and social care sector.

The course provides the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as effective team working, being adaptable and flexible, whilst developing problem-solving skills.

Course modules will include:

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health & Social Care
  • 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
  • Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services
  • Health Education in Action
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill-Health

As part of the course you must complete 225 hours of workplace placement or experience in a health and/or social care setting.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: HP23

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Location Date Fees / reductions
664 Nuthall Road

Start: Monday 26th September 2022

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C031456 / Q031457


Pearson Edexcel Higher National Certificate (Level 4) in Healthcare Practice for England


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Units are assessed via a range of internally set and assessed assignments including: reports, case studies, oral presentations, practical assessments, individual project work, data analysis, research, investigation, problem-solving tasks and portfolios of evidence.


From the HNC, you could progress on to our Higher National Diploma (HND) in Healthcare Practice; enter into employment or onto a Higher Apprenticeship as a Healthcare Assistant Practitioner.

Should you decide to progress onto the HND in Healthcare Practice, upon successful completion you could go into employment or progress onto a range of relevant health and social-care related university courses, for example:

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