BTEC Higher Nationals in Social and Community Work (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Social and Community Work (RQF)

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These HNC/HND qualifications bring a new, responsive and refreshing approach to the Health and Social Care sector. Developed with input from employers, educators, students and service users, they sit alongside the sister qualifications, the Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice or the Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice for England.

These 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.

Pathways within this qualification

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course.

Brochure download buttonAs well as a non-specialist Integrated Health and Social Care pathway, the HNs in Social and Community Work provide specialist pathways at Level 4 and Level 5, in areas such as Social and Community Work Practice, Community Development and Social Care Leadership and Management. Some of the available pathways are listed below:

  • Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Social Care Leadership and Management
  • Community Development
  • Social and Community Work Practice
  • Children, Young People and families Practitioner

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 Social and Community Work

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*

Some typical jobs after completing the HND*

Social Work Assistant; Community Support Development Worker; Personal Assistant; Volunteer Assistant Organiser; Communication Support Worker; Palliative Care Assistant; Careers Adviser; Assistant Welfare Officer; Learning Mentor; Organisational Development Assistant; Project Worker; Outreach Worker; Support Worker; Advice, Support and Guidance Worker. Family Support Worker; Community Development Officer; Community Support Worker; Life Coach; Occupational Therapy Support Worker; Project Manager; Children, Young People and Families Practitioner; Family Mediator; Volunteer Coordinator; Volunteer Manager; Welfare Rights Officer; Mental Health Advocate; Outreach Manager; Policy Advisor; Senior Support Worker; General Office Manager.

*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 Social and Community Work with experts from organisations, including: Skills for Care, Anchor, British Association of Social Workers, Ginger Giraffe and Independence Matters.

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 Social and Community Work?

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