The London College

Healthcare Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care)

Full Time Course

Award BTEC Higher National Diploma
Course Title HND Healthcare Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care)
UCAS Code 015L
Award Level RQF 5
Start Dates September 2020
Study Mode Full Time - 2 years
Awarding Body Pearson Education
UK Student £6165

The purpose of BTEC Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care) is to develop you as professional, self-reflecting individual able to meet the demands of employers in the  health care sectors and adapt to a constantly changing world.

 The objectives of the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care) are as follows:

  • To equip you with the Healthcare Practice skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global health and social care environment. 
  • To provide you with education and training for a range of careers in healthcare, including: healthcare support and assistant roles in a range of settings, 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 you with insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the healthcare sector, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels.
  • To provide you 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 offer you the chance of career progression in your chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond.


You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework, which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials.

Teaching and Learning

 You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be taught by experienced lecturers whose knowledge and expertise are matched to the content of the modules on the course.

When not attending lectures or seminars, you will also be expected to study through independent learning. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, such as reading books and journal articles, preparing assignments and presentations, working on individual and group projects. You will have access to a variety of materials to support you in your learning, such as books, journals, lecture notes and a wide range of e-resources.

During one term, you will typically be attending four modules of 15 credits each. A taught 15 credit module consists of approximately 10 hours of Lecture content, 20 hours of seminar content and assessment practice. On top of this, you will be expected to spend around 10 – 15 hours per week on independent learning and completing assessments.

Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have at least one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or related subject)
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by a recognised institution
  • An international equivalent of the above.

Plus you will usually have five GCSE subjects including Maths and English Language at grade C or above. We will normally accept Key Skills and Higher Diploma qualifications as the equivalent to GCSEs.

What if I don’t meet any of these entry requirements?

Even if you have few or no formal qualifications, you may be able to gain entry to the course if you have the required communication and learning skills, as well as the knowledge, experience and motivation to succeed.

You will be required to take and English and/or Mathematics skills test if you do not hold GCSE Maths and English qualifications or their recognised equivalent.  You may also be interviewed for the course.

You may need to take an Access course or Foundation (Year 0) course first. If you have been away from academic study for a while, these courses are a great way to get you back into studying. Or if you have never studied before, they help you learn new study skills, essential for success in higher education.

What you will cover

Year 1

  •   HNHP 001 Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care - 4
  •   HNHP 002 Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice - 4
  •   HNHP 003 Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care - 4
  •   HNHP 004 Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice - 4
  •   HNHP 010 Developing Operational Management Skills for Healthcare Practice - 4
  •   HNHP 012 Supporting Independent Living - 4
  •   HNHP 017 Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services - 4

Year 2

  •   HNHP 018 Innovation and Improvement through Action Research - 5
  •   HNHP 019 Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice - 5
  •   HNHP 020 Care Planning Processes in Healthcare Practice - 5
  •   HNHP 022 Supporting Individuals through Significant Life Events - 5
  •   HNHP 023 Managing Quality in Care Environments - 5
  •   HNHP 026 Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Social Care Services - 5
  •   HNHP 029 Human Resource Management for Healthcare - 5

Careers and employability

BTECs are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. BTECs are widely recognised by the industry.

The range of skills acquired on the course will be particularly relevant to public health and health promotion, healthcare management, nursing or healthcare assistant practice.

 Graduates can also progress to a BA (Hons) Top Up degree in Health and Social Care awarded by the University of Derby.

Professional Recognition

Pearson BTEC qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised by employers and professional organisations.

The recognition of the BTEC 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. 

How to Apply

Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc. before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail. New Students landing page

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