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BTEC HND in Health and Social Care

Higher Education

The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care at Level 5 will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding, training and skills that are essential for finding employment in today’s highly competitive job market. There are optional pathways which include: Applied Social Studies, Care Practice, Health, and Management.


The diploma is designed around the workplace. It is a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate. The pathways offer a strong sector-related emphasis on practical skills development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The pathways provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and are nationally recognised by employers and allow direct progression to employment. A key progression path for Edexcel BTEC HND learners is to the third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Edexcel BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

The HNDs in Health and Social Care are designed to relate to the National Occupational Standards in the health and social care sector at Level 4. The qualifications provide underpinning knowledge which in turn forms the basis of competence-based qualifications for this sector, as well as developing practical skills in preparation for work place qualifications.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in the workplace, requiring at least 200 hours of work experience to be completed through formal work placements or part-time employment experience.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements will include a relevant level 3 qualification supported by appropriate literacy and numeracy skills and some related work experience in their work sector. The Edexcel BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the QCF valued at 240 credits for learner’s aged 18 years and over.

Interview Process

Interview with Specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Learners will have enhanced prospects in a wide range of employment opportunities. Learners may work in NHS trusts, a variety of roles in Social Services, Family centres, Housing Associations, Children’s services, Nursing and Residential homes, Probation and youth offending and Voluntary organisations.


Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2015
  • Hours per week: 12 hours
  • Days: Mon - Fri
  • Start Time: tbc
  • End Time: tbc
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course Fees: £5990 per year All higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The university has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties. Some places are available under the Strategis Health Authority CPD Contract.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Higher Education
  • Department Manager: Natalie Wyatt


  • Level: Level 5
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Awarding Body: Edexcel

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