Healthcare Professions’ Support for England Top-Up HND (HTQ)

Key Information:

Start date: September

Institutional code: O10

UCAS Code: HP42

Duration: 2 years Part Time 1 year Full Time

Course type: Full and Part Time

Fees per year 20/21: Full-time £5,995; Part-time £2,998

Additional costs per year: £50 for an enhanced DBS


Entry Requirements

A typical profile for a student who has recently been in education would consist of:

Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Applicants may be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications and experience.

English language requirements:


Healthcare Professions’ Support for England HND (HTQ)

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Professions’ Support for England (HTQ) is designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to pre-registration study.

Building on the learning of the Level 4 HNC, this programme supports you to develop a sound understanding of the principles of Healthcare Professions’ support and you will learn to apply these principles more widely. You will acquire the skills to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. You will be able to perform effectively in your chosen healthcare field, and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.


Course content year 1 - modules

Core Units:

  • Innovation and Improvement through
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-Centred Practice
  • Planning Care in Practice
  • Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Long- term Health Conditions
  • Team and Individual Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching Others
  • End of Life Care Planning and Support

Plus ONE optional Unit:

  • Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments
    • Nursing – Principles and Fundamentals of Practice
Placements and work experience

The course includes work placement or experience in health and/or social care settings.

Students are expected to be allocated a placement supervisor during their placement in each setting who will monitor and contribute to the continuous assessment of their progress, alongside formal assessments carried out during their practice on placement.

What careers can the course lead to?

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

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

Providing additional requirements are met, the course can lead to careers such as:

  • A senior healthcare support worker
  • Assistant or nursing assistant/auxiliary roles in a range of areas of specialism, e.g. adult and community nursing, clinical support, midwifery support, rehabilitation services
Teaching and assessment methods

Assessments may include elements of:

    • practical assessments
    • portfolios of evidence
    • data analysis
    • case studies
    • written reports
    • assignments
    • presentations
    • work-based evidence with employer verification statements.