Higher National Diploma (HND) in Health and Social Care

Validated by Edexcel

Mode Cost per year Start Date Duration Venue Level
Full-Time £6500 September 2015 2 years Manvers Campus 5
Part-Time £4400 September 2015 3 years Manvers Campus 5

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The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Health and Social Care is ideal for those looking to build on their existing professional experience or those wishing to embark upon a career within Health and Social Care.

The Health and Social Sector is both vast and fast paced, priorities on the healthcare agenda include person-centred care, safeguarding, health promotion and public health.

Career opportunities are extensive and a professional qualification may lead to job roles with greater autonomy and supervisory or management responsibilities.

Students will develop both practical and theoretical skills, whilst gaining an in-depth knowledge of today’s topical and most important issues, the course is designed to both inspire and challenge you, through a range of learning experiences. You will learn through practical assignments that focus on the real-world challenges you will face in your career.

How you will learn

  • Seminars
  • Mini lectures
  • Work experience
  • Reflection
  • Peer presentation
  • Empirical research

Assessment methods

  • Written assignments
  • Work-based assignments
  • Practical assessment
  • Portfolio development
  • Presentations

Opportunities after the course

Students will gain a qualification that will support progression into job roles with greater responsibility within this sector, for example, supervisory and management roles.
Upon successful completion of the course and/or completion of further specialist study, job roles may include; Care Home Manager, Social Care Worker, Nurse, Midwife, Paramedic, Health Care Trainer, Safeguarding Officer, or Public Health Personnel.


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 the Health and Social Care Workplace
Working in Partnership in the Health and Social Care Workplace
Research Project
Safeguarding in the Health and Social Care Workplace
The Role of Public Health in the Health and Social Care Workplace
Physiological Principles for the Health and Social Care Workplace
Psychology for Health and Social Care
Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care
Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
Supporting Significant Life Events
Developing Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care
Work Based Experience
Health Promotion

Modules may be subject to change

Programme Specification - Click here to download

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry
160 UCAS points plus Grade C in both English and Maths (or equivalent)
A Level 3 qualification in a related subject

This course involves possible contact with children or other potentially vulnerable client groups and, therefore, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check) is required for this course. Students should have completed this or be in the process of completing this before embarking upon the course.

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