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Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Healthcare Practice

The Health & Social Care industry is a dynamic and fast-growing industry within the UK with a vast amount of employment opportunities available. The course offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of some sector-specific skills and experience through specialist units in each pathway. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in directed study, self-study and workplace activities. It will also prepare students for more intense subject specialisation for those who wish to progress onto the HND. This suits learners who want a cheaper alternative to university, with dedicated small class sizes and one-to-one support while working towards a degree.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) course information

September 2020 delivery

It is anticipated that delivery for this course in September will be through a blended approach consisting of some face to face delivery and some online delivery. We will continue to be guided by the Department of Education and Pearson guidelines. Our class sizes are typically small which is beneficial in adhering to social distancing measures and keeping our students and staff safe. We aim to move to full face-to-face delivery as soon as Government guidelines allow us to do so safely.


Full-time, 1 year course: September – June. You will be expected to attend college for two full days a week. (Usually Monday and Thursday but these may change year on year).  Timetables are normally available at enrolment.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a full BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care or Applied Science at Merit Pass, or 48 UCAS points from two appropriate full A Levels. All students must have passes in at least 4 GCSEs A*-C/9-4 (or Level 2 equivalent) including Maths and English. Relevant employment or work placement will also be considered. Applications should be supported by a reference by an official email address (i.e. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc.). This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

International Students

Suitable applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa will be contacted by our International and Compliance Officer, who will guide you through the process. All courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0. International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you. Skype interviews can be arranged where possible.

Course Overview

The HNC General Healthcare Practice pathway consists of eight level 4 units each worth 15 credits (total 120 credits).

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care (15 Credits)
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health & Social Care Practice (30 Credits)
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health & Social Care (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (15 Credits)
  • Health Education in Action (15 Credits)
  • Effective Healthcare Practice using Maths (15 Credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill-Health (Core, 15 Credits)


Teaching and Learning



You are taught through a combination of lecturers, tutorials and self-study. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including the Learning Resources Centre (LRC), the Undergraduate Centre and our computer laboratories. You will be expected to read, work on individual and group projects, prepare coursework/assignments and undertake research in the LRC outside of timetables lessons.

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, athletes and personal trainers. The course Leader is Verrol Tomlinson 020 8268 2615 Verrol.Tomlinson


Course Costs

Fees: tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: Full-time £3,950.
  • Overseas/International students: Full-time £9,000


The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. The Pearson (BTEC) registration fee and an annual printing allowance is included in the tuition fee.


 The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books or equipment that you might wish to purchase.


Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.


Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.


Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and Progression

Students who successfully complete this qualification may wish to progress to a Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice (Kingston College), an undergraduate degree or employment in Healthcare Practice, Maintenance-related roles.

Further Information

Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National in Healthcare Practice

UCAS Code: KC25

Location of study: Kingston Hall Road

Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a higher national certificate from Pearson.


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