Develop the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the health and social care sector, choose specialist units to focus your expertise in, and complete highly relevant industry experience on this work-related Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Health and Social Care (Health Pathway).

Focus on specially designed units in a variety of areas in health and social care, using the skills and knowledge you learn - alongside 200 hours of work experience - to contribute to the future health and social care environment and progress in your career, or into higher education.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2018
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.
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.
Burch, K and Dhillon, K (2014) Commissioning for Health and Social Care
Cottrell, S (2011) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument
Cottrell, S (2013) The Study Skills Handbook
Corcoran, N (2013) Communicating Health: Strategies for Health Promotion

Cross, R, Woodall, J and Green, J (2015) Health Promotion: Planning & Strategies

Dickinson, H (2016) Evaluating Outcomes in Health and Social Care
Glasby, J (2012) Understanding Health and Social Care
Gray, A.M and Birrell, D (2013) Transforming Adult Social Care: Contemporary Policy and Practice
Sealey, C (2015) Social Policy Simplified: Connecting Theory with People’s Lives
Gottwald, M and Goodman-Brown, J (2012) A Guide to Practical Health Promotion

Macera, C.A, et al. (2012) Introduction to Epidemiology: Distribution and Determinants of Disease in Humans

Cottrell, S (2011) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument
Cottrell, S (2013) The Study Skills Handbook
Day, J (2013) Interprofessional Working: An Essential Guide for Health- and Social-Care Professionals
Day, T (2013) Success in Academic Writing
Glasby, J and Dickinson, H (2014) Partnership Working in Health and Social Care: What is Integrated Care and How Can We Deliver It?
The course is run in a classroom environment, allowing you to share your ideas and reflections with your peers. You’ll also receive tutorial support and sessions focused on wider areas throughout your course. In addition, you’ll need to complete at least 200 hours of work-based experience per year 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:
• Interviews
• Assessments of practice
• Reflective portfolios
• Written assignments
• Literature reviews
• Case studies
• Presentations
You’ll have the skills and knowledge for further programmes of study, to go on to a rewarding career in:

• Adult Nursing
• Paramedic Practice
• Physiotherapy
• Social Work
• Working within hospitals
• Public Health
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.

You can also find details of part time and international fees.
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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.

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