Build the practical skills and knowledge essential for jobs in the growing care sector, with a strong emphasis on work-related experience, on this Health and Social Care BTEC HND.

Develop your specialist knowledge, relevant to jobs and professions within Health and Social care, and explore a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance and progression in your current and future career.

Focussing on specially designed units, you’ll get the understanding, abilities and expertise to develop and contribute to the health and social care environment, and be ready to progress onto advanced professional qualifications and a rewarding career in the health and/or social care sector at a supervisory or management level.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
September 2020
You’ll be taught by a team of experienced educators with a wealth of knowledge and experience from the health and social care sector.

All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s and/or professional industry-based qualifications. They all maintain strong links with Sheffield Hallam University and regularly update their knowledge and skills with the university and through sector links and professional communities of practice.

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Communicating in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Develop your awareness of different forms of communication used in health and social care settings and its importance for effective service delivery.

Year 1: Health and Safety in the Workplace (15 credits)
Understand responsibilities in ensuring the health and safety of the health and social care workplace and the people within it.

Year 1: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Apply your knowledge and skills to your own health and social care setting.

Year 1: Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Get a holistic overview of the structure and functioning of the human body as appropriate for those working in health and social care.

Year 1: Principles of Health and Social Care Practice (15 credits)
Explore the values, theories and policies underpinning health and social care practice and the mechanisms that exist to promote good practice.

Year 1: Safeguarding in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Examine the factors of abuse, and study the working practices and strategies to reduce and prevent its occurrence.

Year 1: The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Raise your awareness of factors influencing public health and the different approaches taken to reduce incidence of disease and illness in communities.

Year 1: Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Focus on the importance of working positively in partnership with others in health and social care.

Year 2: Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Research how contemporary issues of concern develop, and how public perspectives subsequently influence the development of health and social care services.

Year 2: Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Explore the processes involved in the recruitment, management and development of people in the health and social care workplace.

Year 2: Managing Quality in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Explore different perspectives on health and social care service quality and see how they are evaluated to empower and involve users of services.

Year 2: Psychology for Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Examine the psychological factors that influence human behaviour throughout a lifespan and their application to health and social care settings.

Year 2: Research Project (15 credits)
Complete a sustained research investigation to develop your independent enquiry and critical analysis skills.

Year 2: Supporting Significant Life Events (15 credits)
Investigate the support available for those experiencing significant life events and the effectiveness of service responses in supporting such individuals.

Year 2: Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Get an insight into the ways that health and social care services empower users with specific needs to access the services they need easily.

Year 2: Work Based Experience (15 credits)
Plan, monitor and evaluate your experiences in a work-based setting.
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The course is run in a classroom environment, allowing you to share your ideas and reflections with your peers. You’ll receive tutorial support and sessions focused on wider areas throughout your course. In addition, if you are studying the HND from year 1 you’ll need to complete at least 200 hours of work-based experience in year 1 and further experience in year 2 in a suitable location.

This programme combines a variety of academic and work-based learning methods.
A range of assessments are used on the course, including:
• discussions
• assessments of practice
• reflective portfolios
• written assignments
• case studies
• presentations
You’ll have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to follow a range of rewarding career paths in senior positions in the sector. You could work in care-related roles within Hospitals, Health Centres and Nursing Homes or in other related areas such as Public Health or Commissioning.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

Although this is not an entry requirement for the course, you will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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