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:

Part-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

64

Start date:

20/09/2021

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 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.

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

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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 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

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers 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 students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2021/22.

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 2022/2023.

For 2022/2023 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 2022/2023 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:

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

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.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

University of Bolton Group Partners

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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 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.

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.

  • 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
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 70%, Practical exams 18%, Written exams 12%
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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