BTEC Level 5 HND in Health and Social Care (QCF)
Pearson BTEC HND in Health and Social Care - QCF LEVEL 5 (with embedded HNC level 4 award available as an exit point)
Awarding body : Pearson
Qualification descriptors used in the national qualifications frameworks:
- This course follows the UK national Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).
Teaching institution: East End Computing and Business College
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body : None
Name of the final award : Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care
Programme title : Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Level 4 HNC (The equivalent of completion of the first year of a UK bachelor honours degree course)
- BTEC Level 5 HND in Health and Social Care (The equivalent of completion of the second year of a UK bachelor honours degree course)
Mode of study : Full time
Language of study : English
UCAS code: Not known
Fees for 2017-18 (ECBC tuition fee) :
- For HND in Health and Social Care £12,330.00 for 2 years including Pearson registration fee.
- For HNC in Health and Social Care, the tuition fees for 1 year would be £6,165.00 including the Pearson registration fee. (Accurate at the time of publication in 2017)
Important values of this programme:
- The contents of the curriculum and of course, and the world-wide recognition of the awarding body.
Criteria for admission to the programme:
The most important criterion for entry into this programme is the ability of the learners to complete the course successfully. The following academic achievements are expected from those learners who have been in education recently:
- Competent in English at a minimum of level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
- BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care
- GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject Or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C
- other related level 3 qualifications
- an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
- related work experience.
Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and /or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.
Entry requirements for this qualification are therefore varied. In all cases, the college will check the background qualifications of applicants to ascertain the suitability of the learner for this course.
Aims of the programme:
To provide a higher education in health and social care in order to:
- equip individuals with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in employment in the health and social care sector at supervisory or management levels
- enable progression to an undergraduate degree or related professional qualification
- provide specialist study relevant to individual vocations and environments in which learners are currently working, or to which learners are aiming to work within the health and/or social care sector
- develop learners’ ability to contribute positively to good practice in the health and social care environment through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
- develop skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enable learners to make an immediate contribution to employment
- develop transferable skills and knowledge which will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether within their own area of employment, or through promotion to a supervisory or management position, or to adapt to changes in the health/social care environment
- motivate individuals to progress to further professional development through future study or as part of their chosen career.
Distinctiveelements of the programme:
The programme provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the health and social care sector with national recognition by employers allowing progression direct into employment or to degree. Successful completion of the HND allows students direct entry to honours degrees at some British universities through a top-up course (further application necessary).
It also helps student to acquire IT and team-working skills through the group and individual assignments which require them to do a substantial amount of IT based work and presentations.
The most useful practical skills, techniques and capabilities developed are to explore the complexity and integrated nature of care work, identify and assess different methods of providing care services to vulnerable people of the society, and develop the ability to apply tools and techniques in a variety of health and social care situations.
Intended programme learning outcomes: knowledge and understanding; skills and other attributes:
A learner is expected to accomplish the following higher level skills:
- analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically
- the ability to read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding
- the ability to think independently and solve problems
- applying subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems
- recognising the moral and ethical issues of health and social care practice and research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct
- an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of health and social care service provision
- the capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, assemble arguments in a mature way and engage in debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists.
Teaching and learning:
A combination of lectures, case studies, group work, quizzes, discussions, information searches and presentations will be used. Directed study of textbooks and journal articles (hard copy or electronic) and assignment or project work.
Special attention will be given to those who might face difficulty in academic English.
The college will seek to arrange practical work experience opportunity for all learners as required by the awarding body for Unit 4: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care.
Intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and problem solving may be practised and demonstrated through more active learning processes involving assignments or projects, group learning activity such as a seminar or tutorial, workshop, or field-based activity.
Transferable/key skills that are readily transferable to employment and other contexts, such as communication, teamwork will be developed through naturally arising opportunities within the curriculum. For example, written communication skills can be developed and assessed through essays or dissertations; oral communication skills through presentations in seminars; or team working skills through collaborative projects. Skills may be developed also through extra-curricular activities including work experience, student representative work, and social and cultural activities.
Programme structure and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards:
The Pearson Higher National units carry credit values in multiples of 5 i.e. 5, 10, 15 or 20 credits.
To achieve the level-4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Health and Social Care, a learner must achieve 120 credits of which 75 credits from the five mandatory units and 45 from the specialist units. A minimum of 65 credits should be from level 4 units to earn the HNC in Health and Social Care.
To achieve the level-5 HND in Health and Social Care, 240 credits must be earned by passing 6 mandatory units (equal to 95 credits) and additional specialist units to complete 240 credits. The rule of combination is a minimum of 65 credits from level 4 and 125 from level 5 and a maximum of 30 credits from level 6 units. The requirements of the HNC have to be met as well.
Subjects of study:
Within the mandatory units, students take five mandatory units for the HNC or six mandatory units for the HND from the lists below. At present (2017-19) the college offers the following mandatory and specialist units. Other units may be offered in future if demand arises.
HNC Mandatory Units - Total 75 credits for first 5 mandatory units
HND Mandatory Units - Total 95 credits for the 6 mandatory units
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
The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care
Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services
Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care
Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care
Psychology for Health and Social Care
Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care
Supporting Independent Living
Supporting Significant Life Events
Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care
Managing Quality in Health and Social Care
*Evidence of applying at least one H&S policy is required
**200 hours of practical work experience is required.
Both formative and summative assessments will be set for all students in this programme.
This programme is summatively assessed by assignments only, except for the Unit 4: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care. This last unit is assessed by the evidence of practical work in a care home.
The formative assessment involves draft assignment and feedback before final submission of assignments. The unit tutor may ask learners to complete mini assignments as a form of formative assessment. Group work, and mini presentations, questions and answers are also used as formative assessment.
The summative assessment for each module comprises a submission of an assignment by each learner. Each unit is internally assessed and graded by tutor/assessors and internal verifiers, and then externally by a Pearson examiner. Successful grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction.
Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of learning:
The quality and standards of learning are evaluated and improved through a number of methods. These include:
- Meetings of staff and management
- Student opinion
- Annual monitoring of the programme
- External views and data
Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:
The Quality Assurance Agency’s benchmark statements for Health Care Programmes plus Pearson BTEC HND/HNC in Health and Social Care programme specification and unit descriptions.
The college provides support to its students:
- The one day induction programme helps every new student to have information on course and other important matters. The Induction pack includes course brochure, student handbook, information on opening bank accounts, money transfer, academic and welfare matters, visa, employment and hospital (NHS). Counselling on personal problem is provided by trained staff.
- Study support through the provision of ample materials and resources.
- Helping with work placement for practical experience.
- Constructive feedback on students’ work from the tutors
- Opportunities to express views, opinions, and lodge complaints.
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