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Healthcare Practice — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Health and Social Care

Course ID: 166630

Course Year: 22/23

Course Details

  • A fantastic starting point in your journey to a career in the health and social care sector.
  • Supportive and respectful learning environment.
  • Excellent support from tutors.
  • Core and specialist modules taught by our experienced tutors.
  • Higher National Certificate.

What to expect from the course

This is a unit-based programme that provides the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for a successful career in the health and/or social care sector. A range of core and specialist modules are undertaken with support from our fantastic team here at the college.

You'll develop your time management and organisational skills whilst completing a programme of 120 units comprising of seven different modules, five of which are core modules specified by the awarding body. A further two are chosen by the institution to complement the study programme and enable progression onto the level 5 HND programme.

On the programme, you'll study the following core units:

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project)
  • Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services.

There are also two optional units:

  • Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Health
  • Health Education in Action.

As part of this course you must complete a workplace placement or experience in a health and/or social care setting.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Healthcare Practice Programme Handbook (21-22)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice

Why study with us?

All course tutors are subject specialists with a wide range of extensive experience in these fields of practice. Learners gain an understanding of the use of information and communication technology as a tool in health and social care settings. Guest speakers aid understanding and add currency to your learning. You will also present evidence that effectively reflects your abilities as a developing care worker in the field of health or social care.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

You can progress to a Level 5 HND in Healthcare Practice.

N.B: This award may allow progression onto another higher education programme of study but you will need to check entry requirements for that programme.

This course is a Level 4 qualification in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). It does not lead to a professional qualification in nursing, medicine or social work.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for22/23 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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