UCAS Code: (L512)

Location: Lewes (Campus code L)

Study mode:  Full-Time

Duration: 2 years – 1 year HNC/1 year HND

Qualification: HND/HN

What is the qualification?

This is a one or two year course. In your first year you will study and complete the HNC (level 4) and on satisfactory completion of this will move onto the HND (level 5) in your second year.

It is primarily a coursework based qualification with a selection of mandatory units and optional units (the topics will be chosen based on teacher specialism and student needs).

Grading – you are marked on a Pass, Merit or Distinction basis – you need to achieve Pass & Merit before attempting the Distinction level. All students have two attempts at each piece of coursework.

Work experience

All students will need at least 200 hours of work placement (either voluntary or paid) in order to complete a mandatory unit on Personal & Professional Development.


The HND is equivalent to a Foundation Degree and depending on the degree and individual university, you will be allowed to progress to the second or third year of a degree course. E.G. University of Greenwich BA in Health & Social Care will allow students with a HND in H&SC to enter the third (final) year of the course.

You can also decide to go out into the workplace and continue work based study to managerial level.


You will complete assignments related to each unit of the qualification as well as a substantial project. You can achieve grades of Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff new system: 50 Points from AS & A2 levels or an Access to Higher Education Certificate. All students must be at least 18 years old at time of application. We welcome applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience to apply. Individual offers may vary. For the first year of entry you will be assessed by interview/portfolio.

International Baccalaureate: Individual assessment

QAA-approved access course: Acceptable; subject-specific units

GCSE (minimum grade C): GCSE Maths & English Language at grade C or above

For Non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.0 overall, 6.0 in writing

What sort of topics will I study?

Some of the mandatory units include:

Some optional units could include:

How many hours will I be in college each week?

At this moment in time we are envisaging contact time will be about 12/13 hours per week. The start & finish date is at present under discussion as are the college hours.

How much will it cost?

For each year of study the cost will be £5000 per year. This includes exam board registration. Students can apply for a student loan in the same way university students do.

How do I apply?

Students will have to complete an application form via UCAS. Students will also be expected to have an informal chat with the curriculum leader or course coordinator, to discuss progression, work placement and prior achievement.

Who can I speak to?

Curriculum Leader – Anne Moynihan Tel: 03030039332

H&SC Course Coordinator (Lewes) – Carol Tomsett  Tel: 03030039260

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