BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health) (QCF)

Structure of the qualification


The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF) is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits. The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma programme must contain a minimum of 125 credits at level 5 or above

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health) (QCF)

  • Qualification credit value: a minimum of 240 credits. (A minimum of 65 credits must be at level 4 and a maximum of 30 credits may be at level 6.)
  • Minimum credit to be achieved at the level of the qualification (level 5) or above: 125 credits.
  • Mandatory core unit credit: 95 credits.
  • Specialist unit credit: 145 credits.
  • The requirements of the HNC have to be met.

About this programme

This course aims to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career in the health and social care sector. The course explores management skills including communication and human resource management, alongside specific health and social care practices. From physiology and psychological principles to health education, the course aims to prepare you for professional practice in the health and social care sector. Designed for those seeking to enter the health and social care field at a professional level, the course offers a range of topics for study that enable you to explore the many faceted world of health and social care and support your next steps towards achieving your ambitions.

Programme Units

You will study minimum of 240 credits including the following mandatory units:

  • Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
  • Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care*
  • Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care
  • Research Project
  • The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care
  • Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care

Note: Your personal tutor will discuss the specialist units with you, and help you choose.

Course Aims

To equip individuals with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the health and social care sector at supervisory or management levels or as a foundation to further study at degree level. It will be delivered by experienced staff who will provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment.

Special Features

Applying theory to practice is an essential aspect of the course, and it’s therefore mandatory for students on this course to undertake practical work within healthcare environment during their studies. To successfully complete the mandatory unit ‘Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care‘ students must spend a minimum of 200 hours in placement in a range of care settings during their studies. Failure to complete the necessary hours in placement will mean the course cannot be successfully completed.

Course duration          Various – Flexible

Entry requirements:     Click HERE for full entry requirements

Course fee:                   Click HERE for Course fees 

Progression Route:    1 Year UK University degree top-up (i.e. BSc or BA Hons).

Mode of study:              Distance – Online [with weekly / monthly tutorial sessions]

Mode of Assessment:   Combination of report, essay and presentation

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There are further details including the optional modules available in the course handbook, which will be given on induction. However, if you need to find out more beforehand, please click HERE  to visit the awarding body’s website.


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