Healthcare Practice — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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Course information

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, and you will
develop your time management and organisational skills. You will complete a
programme of 120 units comprising of 8 different modules, five of which are core
modules specified by the awarding body, with a further three chosen by the
institution to complement the study programme.

Skills and Knowledge Developed: On the programme, you will study the
following mandatory core units:

  • Innovation and improvement through action research (Person set

  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-Centred Practice

  • Health Psychology

  • Social Policy in Public Health

  • Holistic Approaches to Health Promotion

There are also two further optional units (to be confirmed).

Special Features: 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.

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

HND Healthcare Practice Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)


Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice

This course leads to...

This award may allow progression onto another higher education programme of study but you should check entry requirements for that programme.

This course is a Level 5 qualification in the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

NOTE: This course does not lead to a professional qualification in nursing, medicine or social work.

Entry Requirements

At interview, you will need to demonstrate a strong interest in working in the health and social care sector, preferably with an awareness of caring achieved through some health or social care related work experience, either paid or voluntary. In addition to this, you will hold one of the following:

• National Certificate or Diploma in Health and Social Care
• AVCE/Advanced GS/NVQ in an appropriate vocational area
• A-level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one A-level subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSEs at grade C or above
• Completed HNC in Healthcare or equivalent Level 4 certificate of higher education
Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

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Course ID: 159315

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


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

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