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Entry requirements

Level 3 Access Diploma or equivalent Level 3 qualification (e.g. A-Levels) and GCSEs Grade C (or above) for Maths and English (or equivalent (e.g. Pass at Functional Skills Level 2).

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone looking to start a career in the health and social care sector.

About the course

The course covers a range of subjects including law, policy and ethical practice, professional principals and values,  supporting the individual, evidence-based practice, sociological and psychological perspectives, and supporting adults in residential care. Classes are taught though face-to-face lectures and 1-2-1 meetings. Students will engage in group work, research projects and flip-learning.

Why study?

This course boasts a real-world integrated approach to learning in the healthcare sector. It has been designed to equip students with the healthcare practice skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global health and social care environment. Students will be able to progress on to the Level 5 HND in Healthcare Practice. Students also have the option of converting their qualification into a degree by studying an additional year at university. 

Harlow College has a dedicated adult learning team, whom have been working with, and helping adult learners gain the qualifications they need to go to university for many years. The team understand the different needs of adult learns. They recognise that many of its adult learners have to juggle their studies around a busy family life, and so classes have been specifically arranged to fit around the school runs. The department benefits from a wide range of specialist skills, with experts in a wide range of subject areas, including nursing and midwifery, health and social care, psychology and counselling, business, health science professions, and medicine.

Where will this course take me?

  • HND Healthcare Practice
  • University
  • Jobs in the health and care sector can include (but are not limited to) any of the following job roles: healthcare practitioner, residential care home, home care assistant, social worker, counselling.

Core modules

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Demonstrating Professional Principals and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice

Optional modules

  • Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Health 
  • Supporting Adults in Residential Care
  • Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services

How much does it cost?

Fees for new learners on HNC Year 1 are £5750

Fees for learners moving from HNC to HND (direct entry to year 2) are £5750

Fees for learners moving from HND year 1 to HND year 2 are £5665  (cost of living rise only = 3%).

You may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

Included in the fee:

  • £10 free printing per year
  • All tuition and assessment

Not included in the fee:

  • Printing over £10
  • Cost of trips
  • Cost of residential visits
  • Basic stationery

*There may be additional costs for this course

Teaching & Learning

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work. Assessment methods will vary for each module but will be a range of:

  • Written assessment
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Practical assessments
  • Work based learning
  • Action research

Assessment & Feedback

Essays, research projects, presentations, observations, timed written assessment.

The % of teaching and learning that is:

  • Coursework/written 70%
  • Practical 20%
  • Work based learning 10%

The % type of planned learning:

  • Independent study 20%
  • Planned hours face to face 80%

Assessment % how much is:

  • In year assessment/continuous 100%
  • Final assessment end loaded 0%

Types of assessment %:

  • Controlled assessment (open book or closed book)
  • Exam – written
  • Exam – multiple choice
  • Portfolio 70%                 
  • Practical piece 20%
  • Work based 10%

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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