BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice (RQF)

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Health is a dynamic sector, and as our population grows and changes, our health and care needs change along with these. Added to this we have new, exciting emerging technologies, new ways of working and new healthcare interventions that mean a career in health is never one that stands still and we constantly develop innovative ways to make our society healthier, happier and fitter. In healthcare, new roles are created with regularity, and opportunities to specialise in a number of different areas, or change your career path in response to new developments and interests are ever-present. 

The new RQF Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice 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

Brochure download buttonThe 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, Nursing and Healthcare Assistant Practice and Healthcare Management.

  • Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Healthcare Management
  • Public Health & Health Promotion
  • Nursing and Healthcare Support

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.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Healthcare Practice

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 Assistant Liaison Officer; Nursing Support Worker; Activities Coordinator. Senior Healthcare Assistant; Senior Support Worker; Healthcare Administration Manager; Health Educator; Health Advisor; Public Health Practitioner; Wellbeing Coordinator; Health Improvement Officer; 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.

Support while you study

As a BTEC Higher Nationals student you will have access to a specially designed range of digital resources, to ensure that you’ll have the best possible experience during your course. These are available on our free dedicated platform for Higher National students – HN Global.

You’ll be able to access free online learning to develop your study skills to support your higher education learning, and career development resources to support you with preparing for the real world. With HN Global, you can also participate within a community of other BTEC Higher National students from around the world, via online forums, to discuss anything relevant to your course.

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. You can currently top-up your HNs to over 1500 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

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

Where to study BTEC HNs in Healthcare Practice?

If you'd like more information, or find a college that delivers the BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice, you can visit the following sites:

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We have created a handy guide with more information about BTEC Higher National qualifications so you can find the right one for you.

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