Health and Social Care
The Level 5 HND in Healthcare Practice (Integrated Health and Social Care Pathway) provides a generalist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding, and practical skills required in the health and social care sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of optional units. This course lasts 2 years. Study Skills for Health and Social Care Students will help students to build up their confidence through developing the key skills required for both academic study and clinical practice. Fundamental skills and principles for researching, processing information, and for communicating and expressing findings are all covered, along with practical advice on:
Organizing your learning; Accessing support; Recording ideas and information; Expressing ideas in writing; Working with others. The guidance provided here will be invaluable for students and professionals in the health sciences, including social care, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and nursing.
Level 5 HNDs provide a nationally recognized qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress into higher education.
The qualification comprises 120 credits each year made up of 7 different units, and completion/submission of a Practical Learning and Assessment Development Portfolio is a core requirement of this programme.
This course is supported by a focused study in areas of health and social care including specially designed units. You will be given the opportunity to develop and contribute to the health and social care environment through the combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme. The course includes 225 hours of mandatory work experience in an occupationally relevant setting, and you will be supported in developing practice-based competencies by Tutors/Assessors and designated Workplace Mentors.
Upon completion of this course, you can Top up with a BA (Hons) Top-up in Integrated Health and Social Care.
Why Choose Health and Social Care?
In Health and Social Care Pathway students are encouraged to develop a range of important skills which are transferable to any walk of life.
Tutors have carefully chosen units of study that complement students' interests and what universities/ employers are looking for.
The course is designed to replicate the Health and Social Care Pathway working environment, therefore you will; Gain a broad understanding of business and be able to study selected areas in more depth. Develop skills, knowledge, and understanding in business. Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. Follow a programme of study which enables progression to both higher education and employment within the business. Develop personal, learning, and thinking skills, which are highly valued by employers and universities. Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.
As a health and social care student at Prime College, you can expect research-active expert tutors, work placements, and great job prospects thanks to our strong links with social care providers.
Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care Pathway
The Level 5 HND in Health and Social Care Pathway requires two years’ study with the College. Throughout the course, you will be required to complete 15 core, optional and specialized modules (eight in year 1 and seven in year 2).
To achieve the qualification, a student must have completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 and scored at least a pass in 105 credits at level 4 and 105 credits at level 5, amounting to 210 + credits.
You will study the following units:
YEAR 1 - Level 4 HNC
Unit 1 - Addressing Health Inequalities (15 credits)
Unit 2 - Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill Health (15 credits)
Unit 3 - Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice (30 credits)
Unit 4 - Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services (15 credits)
Unit 5 - Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (15 credits)
Unit 6 - Law, Policy and Ethical Pratice in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
Unit 7 - Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care (15 credits)
+ Plus ONE specialist / optional unit from the list given below (chosen by the College):
1- Health Education in Action ( 15 credits)
2- Supporting Dementia Care (15 credits)
3- Addressing Health Inequalities (15 credits)
4- Changing Perspectives in Public Health (15 credits)
5- Supporting Independent Living (15 credits)
6- Supporting Individuals with Specific Needs (15 credits)
7- Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Health (15 credits)
8- Healthcare Technology in Practice (15 credits)
9- Supporting Adults in Residential Care (15 credits)
YEAR 2 - Level 5 HND
Requires successful completion of a further 7 units (therefore 14 in total)
Mixes 2 mandatory core, 3 mandatory specialist, and 2 specialist/ optional units, each with a value of 15 credits except ‘Innovation and Improvement through Action Research’ which is 30 credits (240 total minimum)
Plus TWO specialist/optional units (chosen by the College)
1- Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Care Services
2 - Social Policy in Public Health
4 - Project Management for Healthcare
Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 2400 hours
Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is 960 hours.
TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected to be required for a student to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification. It can include, for example, guided learning, independent and unsupervised research/ learning, unsupervised coursework, watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar, and unsupervised work-based learning.
GLH are defined as the time when a tutor is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied on a programme. This definition includes lectures, tutorials and supervised study in, for example, open learning centres and learning workshops. Guided Learning includes any supervised assessment activity; this includes invigilated examination and observed assessment and observed work-based practice.
The 240 credits achieved by successful completion of the HND is equivalent to completing the first two years of a healthcare practice related honours degree at a UK university
Total Credits: 240
Undergraduate Courses (Level 4/5/6)
If you want to be a part of the healthcare sector which is always looking for change and development, our courses can put you at the forefront of the next innovation in cell development, helping somebody out of a difficult time in their life or managing a healthcare center.
Level 4 courses come in the form of 1st year of a bachelor's programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 2nd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)
Level 5 courses come in the form of the 2nd year of a bachelor's programmes or an HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)
Level 6 courses are the final component of a bachelor’s degree. Bachelors are classed as follows: 1st, 2:1, 2:2, 3rd, and Ordinary degree. Bachelors can be with honours (Hons) or without.
A Bachelor with honors means that the student has completed all 320 credits of their degree.
A Bachelor’s without honors means that the student has 300 credits. If the student scored 69.6% – 100 % in their degree they would graduate with a 1st, 2:1 means the student got a score of 59.6% – 69.5%. A 2:2 means the student scored 49.6%-59.5%. A 3rd means the student scored 40% – 49.5%
Graduate Course (Level 6)
Level 6 courses are the final component of a bachelor’s degree. Bachelors are classed as follows: 1st, 2:1, 2:2, 3rd, and Ordinary degree. Bachelors can be with honors (Hons) or without. A Bachelor with honors means that the student has completed all 320 credits of their degree. A Bachelor’s without honors means that the student has 300 credits. If the student scored 69.6% – 100 % in their degree they would graduate with a 1st, 2:1 means the student got a score of 59.6% – 69.5%. A 2:2 means the student scored 49.6%-59.5%. A 3rd means the student scored 40% – 49.5%
Students who successfully completed Higher National Diploma in Healthcare qualification can progress onto Degree Top-Up programme at many universities such as the University of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire New University, Teesside University, University of Sunderland, Buckinghamshire New University, University of Huddersfield, London Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Worcester, University of South Wales, etc.
Teaching and Administrative Services
The college gives high priority to both teaching and administrative services. It employs suitably qualified academic personnel who are dedicated to carrying out teaching responsibilities with care & professionalism. The college also has an experienced administrative team to oversee the overall administration of the college.
College policies are closely aligned to the UK's Quality Code for Higher Education, for quality education. We are committed to providing our students with a quality education experience that benefits their learning and development as individuals.