Higher National Diploma in Health and Socialcare

This course has been designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment in the health and social care services as well as possible progression to the third year of a degree programme.

  • Course Duration: 2 years
  • Start date: October | January | April
  • Days: 2 Evenings(Live online training)
  • Accreditation: Pearson Edexcel
  • Fee: EUR 200/module
  • Exam Registration Fee: EUR 30/module
  • No. of Modules to acheive an HND: 16 modules
  • Entry Requirement:
    Irish Qualification: A minimum of two C3s in higher-level subjects and three D3 in ordinary-levels subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Mature students (aged 23 and above on the 1st of January on the year of admission) who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirement may also apply and will be assessed on the basis of age, work experience and any other training or development programmes completed. An IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent is required for non-native English speaker.

    UK Qualification: GCSE/IGCSE in Maths, English and 3 other subjects OR BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, otherwise students would have to take the IGCSE subjects along with the programme.

  • The Higher National Diploma in Health and Social care offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on either Healthcare Support or Social care, these are: Applies Social Studies and Care Practice
  • Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to help students secure the knowledge skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They represent the latest in professional standards and provide opportunities for students to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project, or responding to a client brief.
  • A key progression path for BTEC HNC and HND learners is 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.
  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students.
  • A simplified structure: students undertake a substantial core of learning in the BTEC Higher National Certificate and can build on this in the BTEC Higher National Diploma, with specialist and optional units linked to their area of study.

8 units of which the first 5 are mandatory-Year 1:

Group A: 2 core plus 6 optional units: HND Diploma in Health and Social Care-Year 2

Group B: 3 core plus 5 optional units: HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (Care Practice)-Year 2

Group C 3 core plus 5 optional units: HND Diploma in Health and Social Care (Applied Social Studies))-Year 2

Why Study BTEC HN


Career and Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the IT sector through:

  • Graduates may take up employment by the state sector and in community-based organisations. Social care workers may work with: Children and adolescents in residential care People with learning or physical disabilities People who are homeless People with alcohol/drug dependency Families in the community Older people Recent immigrants to Ireland; and others
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • They can also progress to 1st or 2nd year of a university related degree programme or continue to acheive the BTEC HND.

Job roles for graduates that choose to move on to employement

  • Social worker
  • Social Care Manager
  • Care Assistant
  • Respite worker
  • Special Need Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Personal Assistant and Home Help
  • Community Integration Officer

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