Canterbury College - HNC Healthcare Practice for England (Integrated Health and Social Care)
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Qualification: HNC Healthcare Practice for England (Integrated Health and Social Care)
Location: Canterbury College
Fee: £6000 p.a. FT for UK students, £3000 p.a. PT for UK students. EU students, please contact the department for further information.

HNC Healthcare Practice for England (Integrated Health and Social Care)

This Higher National Certificate is a one year course for anyone who is working or thinking of working in health and social care and would like a higher level qualification that can be studied for alongside their work. The course will increase your knowledge and understanding of working in the care sector and support you to work at a higher level.

Course code: L51C
Institution code: C12
Campus: Canterbury College

What will I learn?

You will study a range of units which relate to health and social care including five mandatory core units:

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care;
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values;
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care;
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice; and
  • Effective Record Keeping in Health and Social Care.

Two further units are then optionally picked up and will be chosen in line with the student cohort – currently these are Addressing Health Inequalities and Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill Health.

Please note it is essential that learners have flexible paid employment or a placement in the Health & Social Care Sector as there is a requirement of a minimum of 225 placement hours to be obtained and recorded.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via internally assessed assignments and work-based competency. You will be assessed through a range of internally assessed units. Learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits (of which at least 65 must be at level 4) on their programme of learning to be awarded a BTEC Level 4 HNC.

The assessment of BTEC Higher National qualifications is criterion-referenced and centres are required to assess learners’ evidence against published learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

What can it lead to?

You will achieve the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Healthcare Practice England. You may wish to progress onto the Higher National Diploma or a full degree programme of your choice.

Entry Requirements:

48 UCAS points i.e. 2 A Levels grade D


BTEC Level 3 Diploma MP


BTEC Extended Diploma PPP

Plus GSCE English Language and Science grade 4/C or above.

We will require applicants to successfully pass an interview, provide a suitable reference, and complete a DBS check.

Aditional Information and Other Costs

Course fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £6000 p.a. FT for UK students and £3000 p.a. PT for UK students. EU students, please contact the department. For further information please refer to guidance from the UK Government and Student Finance England.

A DBS will need to be purchased if the student does not have a live DBS recorded and can be evidenced.

If you have a disability including learning difficulties, mental health or long term illness, you may be eligible to claim an allowance to cover extra costs both academic and personal. This is known as Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and can be applied for through Student Finance at the same time as your student tuition fee and/or maintenance loan. Please refer to UK Government guidance for further information.

Please note: Anyone over the age of 18 needs to be fully vaccinated by 11/11/21 to undertake work experience or work in the sector unless they are medically exempt. This is a legislative requirement. Students who do not have a medical exemption and who are not willing to be vaccinated will not be able to complete their course or work in the sector.


  • "I wasn’t ready to leave Canterbury College for several reasons, the lecturing staff are supportive, motivating and met my needs. This programme has helped to develop my knowledge and successfully secured my place at university to study Psychology at the university of Kent." (Eloise Walters)
  • "Following the completion of my Level 3 at Canterbury College and being a full-time mum I needed time to progress into university. This course allowed me to stay within the comforts I knew and develop my knowledge allowing me to successfully take up my place on my Midwifery course at Canterbury Christchurch University." (Ebany Morgan)


Entry Requirements

Please see our Group entry requirements

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111