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BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Course Code: CI061HS (Yr1) CI062 (Yr2)
Award Title: BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care
Edexcel Code: BH034919
Duration: 2 Years
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BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care
BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
This two-year professional qualification has been developed for people who wish to pursue a career in the caring services. It aims to prepare students for employment in social care settings and forms the academic basis for further education in applied social sciences. This is achieved through a comprehensive programme of tuition and work-based education. The course is assessed continuously by means of written and practical assignments and oral presentations. Students must complete 400 work placement hours over the two years. Work placement must be completed in an appropriate social care setting.

Course Content: Subjects include:
Year 1

  • Communications in Health and Social Care Organisations
  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care
  • Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services
  • Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Supporting Significant Life Events
  • The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care


Year 2

  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
  • Psychology for Health and Social Care
  • Research Project
  • Employability Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care
  • Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care
  • Work-based Experience
  • Support Independent Living


Career Opportunities
Students who complete this course may seek employment in different areas of health and social care work, such as residential care, work with community groups, care of the older person, youth work and care of people with specific needs.

Progression Opportunities
Graduates may also apply directly to Institutes of Technology and Universities for entry to higher certificate and degree programmes (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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