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HNC / HND Health and Social Care


This Higher National Diploma is recognised at MQF/EQF Level 5.



2 Academic Years



This course is designed to enable you to develop the underpinning knowledge, values and understanding for success in employment in the Health and Social Care sector at supervisory or managerial levels, as well as enhancing practical skills. 

Emphasis on practical skills development alongside the requisite knowledge and understanding is an important component of the course. You will learn through practical assignments that focus on the real-world challenges and will be expected to develop the skills to analyse, and summarize information critically and appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of health and social care service provision during the programme of study. 

This course covers the key operations that shape the health and social care sector. After completing this course, you can seek a career within the business and administration areas vital to health and social care. To fully complete this HND qualification, you must first obtain the HNC (1st year) and then proceed to the HND (2nd year). 



  • Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
  • Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care
  • Social Policy
  • The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care
  • Community Development Work



  • Research Project
  • Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care
  • Supporting Independent Living
  • Supporting Significant Life Events
  • Employability Skills
  • Understanding the Learning Process
  • Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care
  • Health Promotion






  • Have an ‘A’ Level standard of education; or
  • Relevant qualification at EQF/MQF Level 4
  • If English is not your first language, you will need:
  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent



Pearson UK


Last Updated: 21 Mar 2017

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