BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice England (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice England (RQF)

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In the UK alone, healthcare expenditure in both the public and private sector has increased every year. By 2013, the sector generated over £150bn, or 8.8% of all Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as well as providing employment to over 4 million people. All of this points to the value of having healthcare graduates with strong technical skills that can contribute in a meaningful way to the economy and well-being of our societies. Most significant of all, being in healthcare means you are in a position to make a real, tangible difference to people’s lives, and the lives of those around them. 

The new RQF Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England bring a new, responsive and refreshing approach to Higher Nationals for the Health and Social Care sector. Developed with input from employers, educators, students and service users, the new qualification sits alongside its sister qualification, the Higher Nationals in Social and Community Work.

Pathways within this qualification

The new qualifications share core units, and practice themes across all units, focused on the core knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required of practitioners in the sector; we're taking a future-forward approach to integrated learning, training and work in health and social care. As well as a non-specialist Integrated Health and Social Care pathway, the HNs in Healthcare Practice provide specialist pathways at Level 4 and Level 5, in areas such as Public Health and Health Promotion, and Healthcare Management.

Brochure download buttonIn addition, the focus on the work-readiness of graduating students means the qualification includes two pathways at HND that meet the mandatory qualification requirements for Higher Apprenticeship Standards for Healthcare: Healthcare Assistant Practitioner, and Nursing.

  • Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Healthcare Management
  • Public Health & Health Promotion
  • Healthcare and Nursing Assistant Practice
  • Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Healthcare Management
  • Public Health & Health Promotion
  • Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
  • Nursing

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

This qualification has been mapped to the apprenticeship framework for Healthcare Assistant Practitioner. 

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Healthcare Practice England

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*

Some typical jobs after completing the HND*

Care Navigator; Healthcare Support Worker; Social Care Support Worker; Healthcare Assistant; Healthcare Administrator; Personal Assistant; Assistant Office Manager; Assistant Health Advisor; Assistant Health Educator; Assistant Health Improvement Officer; Primary Care Liaison Officer; Unqualified Assistant Practitioner; Teenage Pregnancy Coordinator; Activities Coordinator. Senior Healthcare Assistant; Senior Support Worker; Healthcare Administration Manager; Health Educator; Health Advisor; Public Health Practitioner; Wellbeing Coordinator; Health Improvement Officer; Assistant Practitioner; Nursing Assistant/Auxiliary; Smoking Cessation Advisor; Substance Misuse Worker; Project Manager; General Office Manager; Occupational Therapy Support Worker; Physiotherapy Assistant; Support, Time and Recovery Worker; Theatre Support Worker..

*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements.

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National in Healthcare Practice with experts from organisations, including: The British Association of Social Workers, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England and Nuffield Health, to mention a few.

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.


Where to study BTEC HNC/HND in Healthcare Practice England?

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