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Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Professions' Support (Subject to Approval) - September 2024

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Part Time Day
60 weeks
Health and Social Care
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East Ham Campus
Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Professions' Support (Subject to Approval) – September 2024
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Course content

The purpose of the programme is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who can meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving Healthcare sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification also aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

The overall aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide a thorough grounding in healthcare principles at Level 4, which leads the student to the progression pathway at Level 5 relating to individual professions within the healthcare sector.
  • Equip individuals with the essential qualities of a healthcare professional, including integrity, principles and values as they apply to a range of roles and responsibilities within the healthcare sector.
  • Enable progression to a higher-level study such as a university degree by supporting the development of academic study skills and the selection of appropriate units for study at Level 5.
  • Enable progression to further professional qualifications in specific healthcare disciplines by mapping the units studied to the requirements of the Professional Bodies applicable to that discipline.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via:

  • Written assignments including essays, projects, and reports Demonstrating practical and professional skills
  • Completion of a placement portfolio


Level 4

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
  • Principles of Health Education
  • Effective Healthcare Practice Using Maths
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology

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Entry requirements

A typical profile for a student who has recently been in education would consist of:

  • 4 GCSE's Grade 4 or above and must include English Language and Mathematics (or Functional Skills Level 2) and preferably a science subject
  • 2 A Levels in relevant subjects at grade C. OR
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or a related subject) OR
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution. OR
  • T-Level qualification in relevant subject(s) equivalent to 96 UCAS points (an overall 'pass', with a Grade C on the core component)

English language requirements

  • Students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English but can demonstrate capability in English to the following:
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 51.
  • IELTS 5.5; reading and writing must be at 5.5
  • Or equivalent

Mature students who have extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector are welcome to apply.

Students will also be required to obtain satisfactory DBS clearance.

Applicants will be expected to attend an interview to discuss their qualifications and experience.

East Ham Campus

The Eastham Campus at Newham College is a dynamic educational hub known for its diverse and inclusive learning environment. Situated in the heart of East London, the campus offers a wide range of courses and programs that cater to the needs and aspirations of students from various backgrounds. With state-of-the-art facilities and a dedicated faculty, the Eastham Campus provides students with the tools and support they need to excel academically and personally, fostering a vibrant community of learners and thinkers.

How much will this course cost?

£2925 per year


BTEC Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Professions' Support for England