What will I learn?

This Higher National Certificate is a one year course for anyone who is working or thinking of working in health and social care and would like a higher level qualification that can be studied for alongside their work. The course will increase your knowledge and understanding of working in the care sector and support you to work at a higher level.

What will I learn?

You will study a range of units which relate to health and social care including five mandatory core units:

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care;
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values;
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care;
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice; and
  • Effective Record Keeping in Health and Social Care.

Two further units are then optionally picked up and will be chosen in line with the student cohort – currently these are Addressing Health Inequalities and Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill Health.

Please note it is essential that learners have flexible paid employment or a placement in the Health & Social Care Sector as there is a requirement of a minimum of 225 placement hours to be obtained and recorded.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via internally assessed assignments and work-based competency. You will be assessed through a range of internally assessed units. Learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits (of which at least 65 must be at level 4) on their programme of learning to be awarded a BTEC Level 4 HNC.

The assessment of BTEC Higher National qualifications is criterion-referenced and centres are required to assess learners’ evidence against published learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Which department am I in?

Social and Health Care

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

September 2022


Canterbury College

New Dover Road,



CT1 3AJ, England

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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