HND in Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management)

Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma HND in Healthcare Management (Regulated Qualifications Framework RQF) with embedded level-4 HNC exit award


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Course Overview

Mont Rose College of Management and Sciences offers this HND in Healthcare Management course with the approval of Pearson BTEC. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the HND Health and Social Care sector.

BTEC Higher Nationals offer a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in the sector.

Learners are attracted to these strong vocational programmes of study that meet individual progression needs either into employment or further study for a degree or professional course.

Awarding Body  Pearson Edexcel
Level of Course HND is a Level 5 qualification (equivalent to the second year of a UK bachelor’s degree). There is an embedded level-4 exit qualification, the HNC
Number of Credit Hours Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have completed at least 240 + credits. On completion of HNC, the student will have completed at least 120 + credits
Study Mode Full-Time
BTEC Higher National Certificate (1 Year) The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a level-4 qualification delivered over one year. The HNC is an embedded component of the Higher National Diploma (HND); however, HNC can be taken as a stand-alone qualification. If a student opts to take the HNC, the student would be eligible for this after the successful completion of seven level 4 modules (units) offered in the first year.
BTEC Higher National Diploma (2 Years) The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a level 5 qualification delivered over two years, the first year at level 4 and the second year at level 5. If a student opts to take the HND, the student will be eligible for a Higher National Diploma after the successful completion of 14 modules (units) offered in the course.
Attendance Full-time students are required to attend 21 hours per week in term time
Workload An average of 8-10 hours of home study time per week for this programme is recommended
Exemptions No exemptions are allowed for this programme

What Could These Qualifications Lead To?

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in Healthcare Practice, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to further specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the healthcare sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant health and social care-related courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Management Studies (Health and Social Care)
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health Studies
  • BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) in Public Health
  • BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion.

After completing a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate or Level 5 HND in Healthcare Management, students may progress directly into employment.

HND in Healthcare Management – Intended Learning outcomes

Cognitive and problem-solving skills:
On successful completion of the programme the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Think critically
  • Approach non-routine problems by applying expert and creative solutions
  • Use the systems and digital technology
  • Generate and communicate ideas creatively
  • Evaluate the interplay between practice and theory in the health sector
  • Describe, theorise, interpret and evaluate approaches to health from a range of critical perspectives
  • Apply practices and theories of health to a diverse range of health sector contexts

Intrapersonal skills:
On successful completion of the programme the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop herself/himself as a professional
  • Practice self-management skills to depict adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and self-development, self-analysis and reflection, and planning and prioritizing
  • Apply such skills to a range of health activities and needs

Interpersonal skills:
On successful completion of the programme the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively and articulate information efficiently in a health and social care context
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with others in health and social care setups
  • Negotiate and influence others

Students can also benefit from opportunities for deeper learning, where they are able to make connections between units and select areas of interest for detailed study. In this way, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide a vocational context in which students can develop the knowledge and academic study skills required for progression to university degree courses, including:

  • Active personal research skills
  • Effective writing skills
    - Producing written work with appropriate scholarly conventions
    - Communicating in a variety of visual, oral, and performance media
  • Analytical skills, critical thinking, and reflective practice
    - Using information and communication, retrieval skills involving the ability to gather, sift, synthesise and organise material independently
    - Digital literacy
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Creative problem-solving and decision making
    - Constructing and presenting arguments
  • Team building
  • Exam preparation skills
    - Setting realistic targets, identifying own goals, planning appropriately, and understanding how to reflect and evaluate own performance
  • Competence and capability in practice-based skills in the workplace
  • Competence in assessment methods used in higher education

Sector-specific knowledge and skills:
The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice also embed a range of employability-related knowledge and skills specific to the health and social care sector, including:

  • Law, Regulation, and Ethical Practice: Students are expected to consider and apply relevant law and regulation and demonstrate an understanding of how these relate to ethical practice in health
  • Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviour: These include; care, compassion, competence, effective verbal, written, electronic and non-verbal communication, courage, commitment, working within the limits of own knowledge and skills, professional presentation, and self- and time management. Students are expected to reflect on these values, attitudes, and behaviour throughout their learning in the classroom and in the workplace
  • Health, Safety, and Safeguarding through the Lifespan: Students are expected to consider and apply appropriate measures, strategies, and approaches to support the health, safety, safeguarding, and protection of those they work with and demonstrate this application as appropriate throughout their learning
  • Valuing and Promoting Diversity, Difference, and Inclusion: Students will evidence their understanding that these approaches underpin much of the work they do in their roles as part of a health and social care workforce throughout their study
  • Promoting Physical and Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing: Students will develop their understanding of the interrelationship between physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing. Throughout their learning, students will develop skills
  • In adopting a holistic approach to caring for others, taking into consideration physical and mental and emotional aspects of an individual’s health and emotional wellbeing, recognising the value of mental health and emotional wellbeing in supporting an individual’s overall health
  • Numeracy in Practice: An essential feature of students’ practice in healthcare and can make a difference in the recovery or survival of a service user. Students are required to apply mathematical principles in a number of ways throughout their learning and work practice, from calculations and measurements to data analysis and evaluation

Course Contents


The award is made up of up to 14 units.

Mandatory core units

  • Unit 1 Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 2 Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Unit 3 Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Unit 4 Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project)
  • Unit 18 Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project)
  • Unit 19 Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice

Mandatory specialist units

  • Unit 10 Developing Operational Management Skills for Healthcare Practice
  • Unit 17 Effective Reporting and Record-keeping in Health and Social Care Services
  • Unit 23 Managing Quality in Care Environments
  • Unit 25 Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments
  • Unit 29 Human Resource Management for Healthcare

Optional units

  • Unit 9 Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill-Health
  • Unit 32 Team and Individual Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring Others

Specialist optional units

  • Unit 30 Pharmacology and Medicine Management

Teaching & Learning

Learning and Teaching Strategies

Teaching takes place through practical and theoretical classes, lectures, seminars, workshops, data analysis sessions, discussions, tutorials, industry, and community visits. The student learns through these and through individual and small group self‐managed activities, including resource‐based learning and online learning support through the VLE.

Teaching is linked directly with professional practice and research, both of which directly inform and enhance course content and delivery. Visiting professionals contribute to the course delivery with full-time staff and are vital to providing the student with access to current professional practices and issues developing student’s employability skills and knowledge.

Mont Rose College has a breadth of expertise within the team, all of whom complement their theory sessions with practical examples that are relevant to the student’s individual needs on the course.

Seminars and tutorials make up a supportive network, which is complemented by the virtual learning center. Whether at home or on campus, help is not far away.


Each module in the programme has a set of assessment criteria which the learner will need to demonstrate to pass the module. Students will undertake one or more pieces of assessment (assessment items) for each module and need to show in work presented for assessment that the assessment criteria for the module are met.

Assessment items are designated as practical, presentation, and coursework. The work presented by the student for assessment is varied and could include:

  • Practical Assessments
  • Data Analysis
  • Case Studies
  • Reflective activities where the student looks back over her/his experiences, analyse them with the assistance of relevant theory and reflective tools and learn from the experience
  • Online discussions that the students have had with their peers, tutors, and invited contributors to the programme
  • Oral and written reports
  • Journals, blogs, and logbooks
  • Plans (e.g., action plans, plans for the group activities)
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios of Evidence

Subject Benchmark Statement:

QAA Academic Infrastructure, including:

  • The Framework for Higher Education
  • Qualifications and the Code of Practice
  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education
  • Edexcel awards framework

Entry Requirements

Mont Rose College recruits students of good achievement from all educational backgrounds. Proven previous exam results are the main criteria for admission to Mont Rose College. International (Tier-4) students also need to show English language competence to secure admissions. The following criteria must be met in order to secure admission to Mont Rose College.

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or related subject)
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
  • T Levels Qualification
  • Other related level-3 qualifications
  • Access to a higher education certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Work experience in the Health and Social Care Sector is desirable.
  • An international equivalent of the above
  • Centers may wish to consider applicants’ prior learning when considering their acceptance on a Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals, through Recognition of Prior Learning
  • A current enhanced DBS Certificate – should not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working with young people or vulnerable adults

English Language

In order for students to be successful on Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications, which are both taught and assessed in English, it is critical that they have an appropriate level of English language skills. The following clarifies the requirements for all centers when recruiting applicants on to new Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications.

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English can demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below before being recruited to the programme:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent

Furthermore, international (Tier-4) students must show proof of English – language competence through success in an English test or background approved by UKBA. They should have a CEFR B2 level and above in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. European Union students should also have good exam results or a background in the English language.

Restrictions on Learner Entry:

The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for learners aged 18 years and over.

Start Date: New intakes each January/April/September
Total Course: Duration: 2 years

Pearson Qualifications

On successful completion of the HND course, students can gain entry to the final year of an undergraduate degree course at any University in the UK, which accepts Pearson qualifications. They can also obtain admission into the university for a three-year level 6 qualification in professions related to Health and Social Care, including a qualification in social work. There is also an opportunity for progression in employment to take up a managerial or supervisory role within the sector.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the academic year 2021/2022 is £7499; for the academic year 2022/2023– £7724; for the academic year 2023/2024– £8110 and will apply to both the new and the continuing MRC students. For the majority of the students, the course is fully funded by the Student Loan Company  This facility is only available for home (UK resident) students. To check your student finance eligibility, please get in touch with the finance team at E: or T: +44 20 8556 5009  or visit Student Finance England website:

Awarding Body Registration Fee:

The Pearson fee for HND registration is paid by the College at the time of student enrolment.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Health and Social Care Practice (Health Care Management), please download the application form from, complete and return it to Mont Rose College with relevant qualification documents, one suitable reference, and copy of passport to the College via scanned copies delivered by email to or, by post at Mont Rose House, 412-416 Eastern Avenue, Gants Hill, IG2 6NQ.

Study Location: Mont Rose College, Shakespear House 267 Cranbrook Road, IG1 4TG.

Study Mode

Full time

Level of Course

Level 5


240 Credits


21 Hours per week

Time Table



2 Years

Delivered In Partnership With
Pearson Edexcel Healthcare Practice at Mont Rose College