HNC Health Care Practice
Health & Social Care
Students aged 16-18 | Adults
What is the course about?
HNC Health Care Practice is a programme developed to support the journey of those wanting to pursue a career within the healthcare sector, or to progress into a nursing role. The programme can be studied full time over one year (attending college two days per week) or part time over two years (attending college one day per week).
Why should I choose the course?
This course is delivered by highly specialised staff who have a wealth of sector experience. The projects and assignments you will undertake will prepare you with the skills and knowledge required to progress in your career and will help to support you on your placement. The course is delivered within a highly supportive learning environment and has extensive links with sector employers such as the NHS.
What will I learn?
Units that will be completed on the HNC include:
Unit 1: Law, policy, and ethical practice
Unit 2: PLAD
Unit 3: Supporting the individual journey
Unit 4: Evidence-based practice
Unit 5: Health education
Unit 7: Effective healthcare using maths
Unit 9: Anatomy and physiology.
Please note that modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change. We do not guarantee that a non-mandatory unit will always run in any given academic year as options may be dependent on student numbers, sector requirements, and staff expertise.
The units that you study will assist your development of a portfolio to demonstrate the necessary understanding, skills, and qualities to work within the sector.
Tasks are expected to be completed both within the classroom and at home, outside of classroom hours.
The course is assessed via written essays, reports, and practical observations.
What will the course lead on to?
After completing this course, you may wish to progress on to university to study further. The college has historically supported students on to both first year and second year adult nursing degree programmes at universities such as the University of Chester. Previous students have also progressed into mental health nursing, learning disability nursing, paramedic practice, midwifery, and social work.
Are there any links with industry and university?
We have excellent links with the University of Chester. Many of our students also secure related job roles within the community and with Warrington Hospital.
What support is available?
All HE students receive termly one-to-one tutorials with their programme leader to support them with their progress on programme. You will also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as mental health, managing finances, support for single parents, and working online. In addition, you can access a programme of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing, and time management.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required, and a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support, and help when needed. All HE students have access to a designated progress coach who can also provide welfare support.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
The college offers a very high-quality education for HE students. HE student feedback is strong, and students are highly complimentary of their learning experience. HE students have access to specialist facilities and resources to support their programme of study as well as designated HE learning spaces to support independent study.
Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we have a team of dedicated, experienced staff who can share their extensive knowledge and skills with you. Learning in a friendly and inclusive environment, you will be fully supported to achieve your goals.
What are the entry requirements?
You will typically have one of the following:
- A BTEC level 3 or other level 3 qualification in a related subject (64 UCAS points)
- A minimum of two A-Levels (A2) with one in a related subject at grade C or above (64 UCAS points)
- Access to HE with relevant options
- Appropriate relevant work experience – mature students who have appropriate work experience in a related sector or role and/or have professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply.
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE English (language or literature)
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE maths is also recommended.
Non-native English speakers who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English need to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below. This is necessary before being recruited to the programme, as the programme is both taught and assessed in English:
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- IELTS 5.5; reading and writing must be 5.5.
All HNC/HND programmes require the completion of a personal statement and curriculum-set task prior to an admissions interview being offered. Further information on this will be provided to you upon receipt of your application. You will also be required to provide a reference from one of the following options:
- A previous course leader/teacher (if progressing from a recently attended further or higher education course)
- A recent or current employer
An appropriate professional who can provide a character reference (if you have not been in recent education or employment).
What are my funding options?
Students applying to study on a Higher Education course can apply for a HE student loan at www.gov.uk/student-finance.
For further finance support and enquiries please visit https://www.wvr.ac.uk/higher-education/higher-education-funding-support/
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
Additional costs may incur if your placement requires you to pay for your DBS, however many settings pay for them on your behalf.
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