Pearson International BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in
Nursing and Healthcare Assistant

Program Rating :

The objective of the Level 5 Diploma in Nursing and Healthcare Assistant qualification is to equip learners with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career in the Nursing and Healthcare Assistant sector, this HND in Healthcare Practice can be an excellent choice for individuals interested in pursuing a career in Healthcare Practice, or related fields.

The program provides the required education and training for a range of careers in healthcare, including healthcare support and assistant roles in a range of settings, nursing assistant/auxiliary roles, care navigation, planning and assessment roles as well as roles in public health.

It also develops students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the healthcare sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirement:
Grade 12 High school Certificate with Pass Grade or Level 3 Vocational qualification in the relevant field.

English Language Requirement:
Non-native English speakers and who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English can demonstrate ability at a standard equivalent to:

  • PTE Academic 51, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5)

Study Plan

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Certificate credits

Qualification credit value:

  • a minimum of 240 credits. This is made up of fourteen units, twelve with a value of 15 credits, and two with a value of 30 credits.
  • So total 240 credits, 120 credits are at Level 5 (7 units) and 120 credits are at Level 4 (7 units).
  • Total qualification time = 2,400 hours.
  • Total guided learning hours = 960 hours.
  • Mix of core, specialist and optional units.
Year 1Year 2
Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social CareInnovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project)
Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care PracticeReflective Approaches in Implementing Person-Centred Practice
Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care Care Planning Processes in Healthcare Practice
Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project)Recognising and Meeting the Needs of People with Long-term Health Conditions
Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Ill-HealthPharmacology and Medicine Management
Health Education in ActionNursing – Principles and Fundamentals of Practice
Effective Healthcare Practice using MathsProject Management for Healthcare


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Career Opportunities

  • Patient Care Technicians
  • Critical Care Technicians
  • Home Health Aide
  • Travel Nursing Assistant
  • Medical office assistant
  • Patient coordinator
  • Medical records clerk
  • Mental Health Facilities
Market Growth Rate
15 %

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