HND Health and Social Care

Studying our HND Health and Social Care is your opportunity to take big professional and academic leaps towards helping improve the day-to-day lives of vulnerable people. With access to excellent facilities and an extensive range of work placements, you can gain the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to embark on a genuinely rewarding career in this sector.

HND Health and Social Care

Course details

The health and social care sector is vast, and this Foundation Degree course gives you an excellent opportunity to begin developing the values, skills and knowledge so essential to good health and social care practice in the UK. These can support your initial development in providing valuable support for people of all ages and walks of life who have disabilities or mental health issues, or are vulnerable in other ways.

The course is linked closely to the UK government’s agendas for health and social care, so we offer you the chance to experience a current and carefully considered balance of policy, practice and academic training. Join us as we explore the principles of care, care planning and delivery, the ethical aspects of care, and areas such as health promotion and safeguarding, among many more – with learning that focuses on the workplace environment.

We’ll support you every step of the way as you learn how to collaborate across professional boundaries, use evidence to support your professional decision-making, and enhance your understanding of critical issues in health and social care.

Our focus is on helping you become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and person-centred care professional.

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: HND
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • The course features guest lectures and talks by health and social care service providers and users – offering you balanced, real-world perspectives that helps put your learning in context.
  • You can benefit from the purpose-built health and research facilities at the £31 million Bolton One centre, here on campus – including our Clinical Simulation Suite.
  • Our extensive network of health and social care contacts means we can offer you access to a wide variety of hands-on, real-life experiences in health and social care settings.
  • In addition, you’ll have the chance to develop your skills in research, data evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, and in professional communication, teamwork, problem solving and self-reflection.
  • We’ll support you as you develop your study and critical thinking skills, in preparation for potential further learning, including postgraduate study.

Key features:

  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you as an individual, and provide tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • You’ll be able to benefit from our teaching and research staff’s vast range of professional experience in health and social care – and our close links with the social care sector, the NHS, and several voluntary and charitable organisations.
  • You’ll also get to take full advantage of a placement in a health and social care setting.
  • We’ll encourage and support you in taking voluntary work placements in health and social care environments throughout your studies. These can contribute significantly towards your portfolio of evidence, and impress potential employers.
  • By studying alongside students who are already health and social care professionals, you can benefit from their knowledge and experience.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: HND
  • Duration: 3 years

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in any subjects.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Some work placements (taken during Level HE5 of the course) involve regular unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you'll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you'll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. You don't need to apply for DBS Enhanced Disclosure before starting the course. Find out more

Career opportunities

Our HND in Health and Social Care is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of policy, theory and practice in health and social care. The programme aims to provide experience and learning for those who want to follow a career in health and social care who are not yet committed to one particular career but want a generic course. It’s also suitable for people seeking an excellent basis for more specific vocational training, such as social work or occupational therapy.

Some of the key skills you can gain include communication, team work, time management, people management, organisation and problem solving.

What can I do with this qualification?

After successfully completing this programme, you’ll be well placed to seek a career in business and administration in health and social care. These roles could be in human resources, healthcare analysis and planning, or in more managerial jobs within health and social care settings in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Some examples of employers in health and social care include the NHS, drug and alcohol agencies, mental health organisations, hospices, social care agencies and charities.

Successful completion of this course may also allow you to gain entry into nursing and social work degrees, as well as being relevant to charitable organisations with either a health or social care focus.

Alternative career options

  • Counselling
  • Writing and journalism
  • Mental health
  • Social work
  • Teaching and education
  • Health promotion
  • Mentoring
  • Armed forces
  • Community support
  • Youth work
  • Care home management
  • Health services management
  • Child protection
  • Health administration
  • Early years
  • Occupational therapy
  • Residential care

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Using Research Evidence
  • Principles of Care
  • Health, Safety and Emergency Care
  • Group Dynamics and Working in Teams
  • Work-based Experience
  • Planning Care Delivery
  • Health Promotion - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Employability Skills
  • Social Inclusion, Empowerment and Health

Teaching, learning and assessment

To make this course as engaging and beneficial as possible for you, we offer a range of learning, teaching and assessment methods designed to help you develop the skills, knowledge and competencies you’re aiming for. Just as importantly, we aim to help you develop the values and attitudes essential to good health and social care practice. Learning focuses on the workplace environment.

To complement lectures that introduce the course content, seminars and group-based activities allow you to explore subjects, policies and practices in greater detail. Tutorials give you the opportunity to clarify your understanding of the topics we cover in lectures and seminars, while we use case studies, practical scenarios and role-playing to help you apply your newly acquired knowledge and theory to real-life problems, and gain valuable insights into health and social care practice. You’ll also have the chance to develop your practical skills in our clinical skills laboratory, and we encourage you to use our extensive online learning resources to support your self-directed learning.

In addition, we offer masterclasses with practitioners from the health and social care sector, plus insightful sessions with guest speakers who either provide or use health and social care services.

Our assessment methods are designed to reflect what may one day be required of you in a health and social care setting. For example, the course requires you to submit written reports, give presentations, develop your practice portfolio, analyse care plans and review relevant literature, and analyse complex cases and discuss how to manage change. Meanwhile, we expect you to write essays and reflective accounts, take practical and written tests, and play an active part in group discussions. Some assessments contribute to your final module marks, while others are designed to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and help you identify where you need extra support from course tutors.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (70%), Practical exams (18%), Written exams (12%)
Level Two Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)
Level Two Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Part-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    HND
  • UCAS points:
    64
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Tracy Corbett
Programme Leader
Email: T.Corbett@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903768

Katie Bannister
Admissions Tutor
Email: K.Bannister@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903865

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903