HNC/HND Health and Social Care
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About this course

Whether you are starting a new career in Health and Social Care, or looking to enhance your employment and career progression opportunities within the sector, this qualification offers you learning and development designed to prepare you for a professional role.

This programme is designed to prepare you with underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding of employment within the health and social care sector, at supervisory or management level.

The programme has been designed to guide you in developing the skills to analyse and synthesise information critically, developing an appreciation of the health and social care service provision. It is a suitable pathway of study for those working in the sector and have already gained their management qualifications, or those aspiring to Health and Social Care management positions.

Please note, you will require 200 hours work experience in Year 1.

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What will I learn?


HNC Year 1 modules

The course will cover core elements of Health and Social Care including:

  • Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations
  • Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care
  • Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care*
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
  • Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
  • Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care
  • The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care

* this unit requires at least 200 hours of work experience to be completed in year 1

HND Year 2 modules

Will include learnings at Level 5 including a Research Project based in practice, and additional units such as Physiological Principles.

Please note: Modules and course content are subject to change

Entry requirements

For entry onto the HNC you will need:

  • To be at least 18 years of age
  • A satisfactory DBS check
  • 4 GCSEs or equivalent at grade C (including English and Maths)
  • 48 UCAS points from level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels.

Mature students or those with relevant vocational experience are encouraged to apply.

For entry onto the HND, an existing HNC with units that match the current scheme will be needed in order to gain access the HND. If you already possess a relevant HNC and are looking to apply for the HND at Wiltshire College, contact our admissions team to discuss this option.

Study, assessment and qualifications

You will be taught through a combination of classroom based lectures and practical assignments. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • coursework
  • reports
  • case studies
  • portfolios
  • essays
  • observations
  • presentations

Students will be expected to undertake work experience in a Health and Social Care related area. This is an integral element of the programme and is therefore necessary for successful completion of the programme.


Additional costs and information

The UCAS Institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is 005L.

The cost of this course is £4500.00 per year.


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What could I do next?

Graduates from this course will be well prepared for employment in the Health and Social Care sector. You will also have the opportunity to progress to further study towards professional qualifications in areas such as Social Work, Nursing, Social Policy, Psychology and Occupational Therapy.

Alternative you may progress to a range of social care jobs within the statutory and independent sector.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.