BTEC Level 5 HND in Health and Social Care (QCF)

Programme specification

Pearson BTEC HND in Health and Social Care - QCF LEVEL 5 (with embedded HNC level 4 award available as an exit point)

Awarding body : Pearson

Qualification descriptors used in the national qualifications frameworks:

Teaching institution: East End Computing and Business College

Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body : None

Name of the final award : Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Programme title : Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Mode of study : Full time

Language of study : English

UCAS code: Not known

Fees for 2017-18 (ECBC tuition fee) :

Important values of this programme:

Criteria for admission to the programme:

The most important criterion for entry into this programme is the ability of the learners to complete the course successfully. The following academic achievements are expected from those learners who have been in education recently:

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and /or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Entry requirements for this qualification are therefore varied. In all cases, the college will check the background qualifications of applicants to ascertain the suitability of the learner for this course.

Aims of the programme:

To provide a higher education in health and social care in order to:

Distinctive elements of the programme:

The programme provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the health and social care sector with national recognition by employers allowing progression direct into employment or to degree. Successful completion of the HND allows students direct entry to honours degrees at some British universities through a top-up course (further application necessary).

It also helps student to acquire IT and team-working skills through the group and individual assignments which require them to do a substantial amount of IT based work and presentations.

The most useful practical skills, techniques and capabilities developed are to explore the complexity and integrated nature of care work, identify and assess different methods of providing care services to vulnerable people of the society, and develop the ability to apply tools and techniques in a variety of health and social care situations.

Intended programme learning outcomes: knowledge and understanding; skills and other attributes:

A learner is expected to accomplish the following higher level skills:

Teaching and learning:

A combination of lectures, case studies, group work, quizzes, discussions, information searches and presentations will be used. Directed study of textbooks and journal articles (hard copy or electronic) and assignment or project work.

Special attention will be given to those who might face difficulty in academic English.

The college will seek to arrange practical work experience opportunity for all learners as required by the awarding body for Unit 4: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care.

Intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and problem solving may be practised and demonstrated through more active learning processes involving assignments or projects, group learning activity such as a seminar or tutorial, workshop, or field-based activity.

Transferable/key skills that are readily transferable to employment and other contexts, such as communication, teamwork will be developed through naturally arising opportunities within the curriculum. For example, written communication skills can be developed and assessed through essays or dissertations; oral communication skills through presentations in seminars; or team working skills through collaborative projects. Skills may be developed also through extra-curricular activities including work experience, student representative work, and social and cultural activities.

Programme structure and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards:

The Pearson Higher National units carry credit values in multiples of 5 i.e. 5, 10, 15 or 20 credits.

To achieve the level-4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Health and Social Care, a learner must achieve 120 credits of which 75 credits from the five mandatory units and 45 from the specialist units. A minimum of 65 credits should be from level 4 units to earn the HNC in Health and Social Care.

To achieve the level-5 HND in Health and Social Care, 240 credits must be earned by passing 6 mandatory units (equal to 95 credits) and additional specialist units to complete 240 credits. The rule of combination is a minimum of 65 credits from level 4 and 125 from level 5 and a maximum of 30 credits from level 6 units. The requirements of the HNC have to be met as well.

Subjects of study:

Within the mandatory units, students take five mandatory units for the HNC or six mandatory units for the HND from the lists below. At present (2017-19) the college offers the following mandatory and specialist units. Other units may be offered in future if demand arises.

HNC Mandatory Units - Total 75 credits for first 5 mandatory units

HND Mandatory Units - Total 95 credits for the 6 mandatory units

UNIT

Details

Unit Level

Unit Credit

1

Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations

4

15

2

Principles of Health and Social Care Practice

5

15

3

Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace*

4

15

4

Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care**

4

15

5

Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care

5

15

6

Research Project

5

20

Specialist units

8

The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care

4

15

9

Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services

4

15

13

Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care

4

15

14

Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care

4

15

15

Psychology for Health and Social Care

4

15

16

Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care

5

15

20

Supporting Independent Living

5

15

21

Supporting Significant Life Events

5

15

23

Employability Skills

5

15

26

Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care

5

15

27

Managing Quality in Health and Social Care

5

15

29

Health Promotion

5

15

*Evidence of applying at least one H&S policy is required

**200 hours of practical work experience is required.

Assessment:

Both formative and summative assessments will be set for all students in this programme.

This programme is summatively assessed by assignments only, except for the Unit 4: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care. This last unit is assessed by the evidence of practical work in a care home.

The formative assessment involves draft assignment and feedback before final submission of assignments. The unit tutor may ask learners to complete mini assignments as a form of formative assessment. Group work, and mini presentations, questions and answers are also used as formative assessment.

The summative assessment for each module comprises a submission of an assignment by each learner. Each unit is internally assessed and graded by tutor/assessors and internal verifiers, and then externally by a Pearson examiner. Successful grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of learning:

The quality and standards of learning are evaluated and improved through a number of methods. These include:

Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Quality Assurance Agency’s benchmark statements for Health Care Programmes plus Pearson BTEC HND/HNC in Health and Social Care programme specification and unit descriptions.

Student support:

The college provides support to its students:

Revision Date: July 2017