Higher National Diploma in HEAlth and social care

Higher National Diploma in Health and social care

The Higher National Diploma is a qualification that has been developed to prepare people for employment in the Social Care or Health Care industry. It is a particularly useful qualification for those intending to pursue higher education in Social Work, Applied Social Studies, Sociology and Psychology. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the 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 whether this is into employment or to further study on a degree or professional course. 


A key progression path for BTEC Higher National Certificate and Diploma for learners is an admission to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Final year 'Top-Up' degree programmes or Postgraduate Diploma validated by many leading Irish/ UK universities.

Students who obtain an overall merit grade will gain a place on the majority of courses outlined in  Edexcel Degree Course Finder


Semester 1

      1. Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace(Mandatory Unit)
      2. Employability Skills
      3. Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care
      4. Psychology for Health & Social Care
Semester 2
    1. Communicating in Health and Social Care Organisations(Mandatory Unit)
    2. Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care(Mandatory Unit)
    3. Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care (Mandatory Unit)
    4. Principles of Health and Social Care Practice(Mandatory Unit)
Semester 3
    1. Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care
    2. Physiological principles in Health and Social care
    3. Developing Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care
    4. Psychology for Health & Social Care
Semester 24
  1. Community Development Work
  2. Facilitating Change In Health And Social Care
  3. Supporting Independent Living
  4. Research Project


Please Note that these Modules could change

Programme information

      • Strart Date: 5th October, 2015
      • Delivery Method: Online live training
      • Course Duration: 2 Years
      • Essential Requirement: Text books, broadband/good internet service
      • ECTS Credits: 60
      • Application Deadline: 4 /10/2015
      • Fee: €250/module
      • Number of unit to complete to acheive an HND: 16 units
      • Registration Fee: €300

Entry Requirements

    To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must:

      1. Hold a Level 5 or a FETAC award at NFQ Level 6 or equivalent
      2. Leaving Certificate Award-5 Passes
      3. Completion of a recognised Access Programme (or equivalent).
      4. For those EU students who have not completed their education through the medium of English, IELTS of 5.5 score band or TOEFL equivalency, or Pearson Test of English General (PTE General)
      5. Mature students, those at the age of 23 or higher on January 1st of the year of the course of entry
      6. Managers with considerable experience but no formal qualifications may be considered, subject to interview and being able to demonstrate their ability to cope with the demands of the programme.

Career Opportunities

      • Care Assistance/Supervisor
      • Support worker for disabled people and people with learning difficulties
      • Special Needs Assistant
      • Lecturer +Teaching Qualification
      • Health Promotion Specialist
      • Health Service Manager
      • Local Government Administrator
      • Nutritional Therapist
      • Physiotherapist
      • Probation Officer
      • Sales Executive, Medical
      • Social Worker
      • Lifestyle Consultant