Level 4 HNC in Social and Community Work


The purpose of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Social and Community Work is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the social and community work sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.  It is designed to help students secure the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace.  The course represents the latest in professional standards and provides opportunities for students to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project, or responding to a client brief.



You will study units including:

  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: a Whole person approach
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
  • Social Work Principle
  • Introduction to Practice and Applied Understanding of Human Development and Behaviour

You will need to have successfully completed studies at Level 3.  You should also hold at least a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English and you should have some experience of working either voluntarily or in employment within the sector.

Your progress will be assessed through a range of methods including; presentations, discussions, work placement performance, practical assessments and written assignments.

You will also be required to complete 225 hours of work placement alongside your studies.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in evidence-based practice. The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Social and Community Work requires at least 225 hours of work experience/placement in health and/or social care settings and a Professional Learning and Development portfolio (PLAD), including reflective accounts, to be completed.

The course will run in college, 1 day per week for 30 weeks.

You will need to study outside of your college time therefore you will need to develop independent learning skills.  All assignments and research will be completed outside of college although you may be asked to take part in different types of assessment towards your overall grade in the classroom.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in Social and Community Work, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.  On successful completion of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate, students can develop their careers in the Social and Community Work sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to Level 5 (HND).

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