Canterbury College - HND Healthcare Practice for England (Integrated Health and Social Care)
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Qualification: HND 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.

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

This Higher National Diploma is 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: L510
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: 

  • Innovation and Improvement through Action Research; 
  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice;
  • Care Planning Processes in Healthcare Practice;
  • Supporting individuals through Significant Life Events; and
  • Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across H&SC Services.

Two further units are then optionally picked up and will be chosen in line with the student cohort – currently these are Holistic Approaches to Health Promotion and Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Practice.

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 450 placement hours to be obtained and recorded.

How will I be assessment:

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 have achieved 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. A minimum of 240 credits (of which at least 125 must be at level 5 or above) to be awarded a BTEC Level 5 HND combined over the 2 years.

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 Diploma (HND) in Healthcare Practice England.

You may wish to progress onto 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.

Entry Requirements for Direct Entry into HND Year 2: a completed HNC or completed qualifying units that match the programme applied for.

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

Additional Information & Other Costs:

Course fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £6000 p.a. for FT 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.


  • "This is an interesting and varied course which has really helped me choose a career path and move forward – I am now coming to the end of my first year at Canterbury Christchurch University studying Radiography." (Tia Williams)
  • "This qualification allowed me to find my passion for Social Work as well as develop key study skills that have been invaluable – I am now studying at Canterbury Christchurch University." (Paisley Furness)

Entry Requirements

Please see our Group entry requirements

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111