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.

Health and Social Care

Key information

Award:

HND

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

2 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

64

UCAS code:

015L

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The health and social care sector is vast, and this HND course gives you an excellent opportunity to begin developing the values, skills, and knowledge 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 health and social care agendas, 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, person-centred health and social care, 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.

Highlights
  • Our Health Studies courses are top in the UK for student satisfaction, according to The Complete University Guide 2022.
  • The course features guest lectures and talks by health and social care service providers and users, offering you balanced, real-world perspectives that help 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 benefit from our teaching and research staff’s vast range of professional experience in health and social care, as well as 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 to your portfolio of evidence ready to impress potential employers.
  • By studying alongside students who are already health and social care professionals, you can benefit from their knowledge and experience.
Professional recognition


  • 64 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • 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 you don’t meet the standard entry requirements but have non-traditional qualifications and/or relevant experience, we’ll be happy to consider your application. You may be asked to undertake additional assessment(s) to determine your suitability for the course.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • 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 You don't need to apply for DBS Enhanced Disclosure before starting the course.Update Service.
  • 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). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Our HND in Health and Social Care offers a sound understanding of policy, theory and practice in health and social care. You can gain the experience and learning needed to follow a career in health and social care. It's also ideal if you're not yet committed to one particular career and want a generic course. It offers 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, teamwork, 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 health and social care. You could choose a front line role, helping vulnerable people directly. Alternatively, you could pursue roles in human resources, healthcare analysis and planning, or more managerial jobs in health and social care settings in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Some health and social care employers include the NHS, drug and alcohol agencies, mental health organisations, hospices, social care agencies, and charities.

Many students choose to pursue honours level study after completing this HND. You'll be able to apply for the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (top-up) degree, which can be completed in one year by full-time study or in 18 months part-time.

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

Alternative career options

Diploma holders can also use the qualification as a stepping stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Career areas include:

  • 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

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/24
2021£9,250£9,250-£18,500
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/24
2021£12,450£12,450-£24,900

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for 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.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

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

You should 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

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

  • Apply online: University of Bolton HND Health & Social Care-20 September 2021 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


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 help clarify your understanding of the topics we cover in lectures and seminars. At the same time, 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. 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, 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 participate in group discussions. Some assessments contribute to your final module marks. In contrast, others are designed to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and help you identify where you need extra support from course tutors.

Modules

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

  • Enhancing Communication and Academic Skills
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Introduction to Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Principles of Care
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Group Dynamics and Working in Teams
  • Work-based Experience
  • Person Centred Health and Social Care
  • Health Promotion - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Employability Skills
  • Social Inclusion, Empowerment and Health
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 95%, Practical exams 5%
Level twoCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level twoGuided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%

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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Tracy Corbett
Programme Leader

T.Corbett@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903768

Jana Rozehnalova
Admissions Tutor

J.Rozehnalova@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903847

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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