Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma HND in Healthcare Management (Regulated Qualifications Framework QCF) with embedded level-4 HNC exit award





Level 5
240 credits
21 hours per week
HND Health and Social Care
HND Health and Social Care


Mont Rose College of Management and Sciences offers this course with the approval of Pearson BTEC. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the HND Health and Social Care 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 either into employment or further study for a degree or professional course.

Level of Course HND is a Level 5 qualification (equivalent to the second year of a UK bachelor’s degree). There is an embedded level-4 exit qualification the HNC.
Number of Credit Hours Upon successful completion of the course the student will have completed at least 240 + credits. On completion of HNC the student will have completed at least 120 + credits.
Study Mode Full-Time
BTEC Higher National Certificate (1 Year) The HNC is a level-4 qualification delivered over one year. The HNC is an embedded component of the HND, however, it can be taken as a stand- alone qualification. If a student opts to take the HNC the student would be eligible for a Higher National Certificate after successful completion of a minimum of 8 modules.
BTEC Higher National Diploma (2 Years) The HND is a level-5 qualification delivered over two years, the fairst year at level 4 and the second year at level-5. If a student opts to take the HND, the student would be eligible for a Higher National Diploma after successful completion of a minimum of 16 modules.
Attendance Full-time students are required to attend 21 hours per week in term time
Workload An average of 8-10 hours home study time per week for this programme is recommended.
Exemptions No exemptions are allowed for this programme.


The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in healthcare practice, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to further specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. 

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the healthcare sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant HND health and social care-related courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Management Studies (Health and Social Care)
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health Studies
  • BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) in Public Health
  • BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion.

After completing a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate or Level 5 HND Health and Social Care, students may progress directly into employment.


Transferable, key or personal skills:

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Produce written work with appropriate scholarly conventions
  • Use information and communication, retrieval skills involving the ability to gather, sift, synthesise and organise material independently
  • Set realistic targets, identify own goals, plan appropriately, and how to reflect and evaluate your own performance
  • Demonstrate how to develop and adapt own work ethics to fit in with specific restrictions
  • Construct and present arguments
  • Communicate in a variety of visual, oral and performance media

Knowledge and Understanding:

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of:

  • The approaches, methods and practices of Knowledge of key health practices
  • Awareness of theories, critical perspectives and debates in the discipline
  • Understanding of how intellectual, practical and research skills have contributed to employability

Cognitive, intellectual or thinking skills:
On successful completion of the programme the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Practical, professional or subject‐specific skills:

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Evaluate the interplay between practice and theory in the health sector
  • Describe, theorise, interpret and evaluate approaches to health from a range of critical perspectives.
  • Apply practices and theories of health to a diverse range of health sector contexts
  • Demonstrate professional, analytical and sector relevant skills
  • Develop and demonstrate various strategic, analytical, organisational and practical management plans and processes
  • Apply such skills to a range of health activities and needs


    The award is made up of upto 16 units.

    Mandatory core units are:

    • Communication in Health and Social Care Organisations
    • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
    • Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
    • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
    • Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care
    • Research Project
    • Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care
    • Managing Financial Resources in Health and Social Care

    Specialist Units

    • Social Policy
    • Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
    • Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care
    • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
    • Developing Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care
    • Employability Skills
    • Understanding the Learning Process
    • Managing Quality in Health and Social Care

    HND Health and Social care – Learning and Teaching Strategies

    Teaching takes place through practical and theoretical classes, lectures, seminars, workshops, data analysis sessions, discussions, tutorials, industry and community visits. The student learns through these and through individual and small group self‐managed activities, including resource‐based learning and online learning support through the VLE.

    Teaching is linked directly with professional practice and research, both of which directly inform and enhance course content and delivery. Visiting professionals contribute to the course delivery with full time staff and are vital to providing the student with access to current professional practices and issues developing student’s employability skills and knowledge.

    Mont Rose College has a breadth of expertise within the team, all of whom complement their theory sessions with practical examples which are relevant to the student’s individual needs on the course.

    Seminars and tutorials make up a supportive network, which is complimented by the virtual learning centre. Whether at home or on campus, help is not far away.


    Each module in the programme has a set of assessment criteria which the learner will need to demonstrate to pass the module. Student will undertake one or more pieces of assessment (assessment items) for each module and need to show in the work presented for assessment that the assessment criteria for the module are met.

    Assessment items are designated as: practical, presentation, and coursework. The work presented by the student for assessment is varied and could include:

    • Practical assessments
    • Data analysis
    • Case studies
    • Reflective activities where the student looks back over her/his experiences, analyse them with the assistance of relevant theory and reflective tools, and learn from the experience
    • Online discussions that the students have had with their peers, tutors, and invited contributors to the programme
    • Oral and written reports;
    • Journals, blogs and log books
    • Plans (e.g., action plans, plans for your group activities);
    • Presentations;
    • Portfolios of evidence

    Subject Benchmark Statement: 

    Health Studies (2016)


    Mont Rose College recruits students of good achievement from all educational backgrounds. Proven previous exam results are the main criteria for admission to Mont Rose College. International (Tier-4) students also need to show the English language competence in order to secure admissions. The following criteria must be met in order to secure admission to Mont Rose College.

    • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or related subject)
    • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
    • Other related Level 3 qualifications
    • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
    • Six months work experience in Health and Social Care Sector
    • An international equivalent of the above
    • Centres may wish to consider applicants’ prior learning when considering their acceptance on a Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals, through Recognition of Prior Learning
    • A current enhanced DBS Certificate – should not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working with young people or vulnerable adults

    English Language

    In order for students to be successful on Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications which are both taught and assessed in English, it is critical that they have an appropriate level of English language skills. The following clarifies the requirements for all centres when recruiting applicants on to new Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications.

    All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, can demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to the programme:

    • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
    • PTE 51
    • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent

    Furthermore, International (Tier-4) students must show proof of English – language competence through success in an English test or background approved by UKBA. They should have CEFR B2 level and above in reading, writing, listening and speaking. European Union students should also have good exam results or background in the English language.

    Restrictions on Learner Entry:

    The Pearson BTEC HND Health and Social care qualifications are accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for learners aged 18 years and over.
    Start Date: New intakes each January/April/September

    Total Course Duration: 

    2 years


    On successful completion of the HND course, students can gain entry to the final year of an undergraduate degree course at any University in the UK which accepts Pearson qualifications. They can also obtain admission into university for a three year level 6 qualification in professions related to health and social care including a qualification in social work. There is also an opportunity for progression in employment to take up a managerial or supervisory role within the sector.


    The tuition fee is £6,000 per annum. For some students the course is fully funded by the Student Loan Company, this facility is only available for UK and EU students. For more information, please contact admissions team at or T: +44 20 8556 5009

    Awarding Body Membership Fee: The Pearson fee for HND Membership is £205.20 to be paid by the college at the time of student enrolment. This fee is in addition to the tuition fee.


    If you are interested in the Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Health and Social Care, please download the application form from, complete and return it to Mont Rose College with relevant qualification documents, one suitable reference and copy of passport to the college via scanned copies delivered by email to or, by post at Mont Rose College 267 Cranbrook Road Ilford Greater London IG1 4TG

    Admission & Study Location:  Mont Rose College, Ilford London Campus