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Healthcare Practice - Level 4 HNC (Pearson)

Northern Regional College

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  • Qualification

    HNC - Higher National Certificate

  • Location

    Coleraine Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Course Aims

To equip individuals with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the health and social care sector at supervisory or management levels or as a foundation to further study at degree level. It will be delivered by experienced staff who will provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment.

Special Features

The ability to apply theory to practice is an essential aspect of the course. Students must spend a minimum of 225 hours in placement in a range of care settings over the two years of the course. Failure to complete the necessary hours in placement will mean the course cannot be successfully completed. The course also involves educational visits to care settings, workshops and guest speakers.

Assessment Methods

Units will be assessed through essays, reports, portfolio, presentations, work placement visit and examinations.


Successful students can progress to a wide range of degree programmes including Nursing, Teaching, Public Services and Health Care, Social Work, Youth and Community Work and Psychology and Counselling.

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A level :

A minimal of 1 ‘A’ level pass or relevant level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC National Diploma and achievement of GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above (or equivalent) is recommended. Alternatively, mature learners with relevant experience may apply however should have an Essential Skills qualification if they do not have C or above at English or Maths GCSE.


University information

Northern Regional College

  • Campus address

    Northern Regional College, Ballymena Campus, Trostan Avenue, Ballymena, Antrim, BT43 7BN, Northern Ireland

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