Health Care Practice - Certificate in Higher Education [Full-Time]

Level 4 - BTEC Professionals or NVQ Level 4 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  L512


Do you want to make a difference?
Are you ready to embark on a rewarding career within healthcare?


The one-year certificate in Higher Education Health Care Practice is a vocational programme which aims to equip you with the knowledge, research skills and contextualised understanding of healthcare practice theory, practice, trends and developments within the UK and framed by a global context. This programme is highly practical and you will experience our state-of-the-art simulation rooms which are equipped with sector specific equipment used in practice.

You will explore a range of modules mapped closely to the requirements and needs of our sector. Applied Health Sciences will allow you to explore the theoretical models of life course development including the sociological and psychological influences of health and illness. Assessment and Clinical Skills in Health Care will introduce you to the process of clinical assessments and clinical skills used within healthcare as part of the client care journey. The module will introduce different forms of clinical assessments enabling you to gain awareness and analyse their purpose.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

Anyone with a real desire to work in the health sector, or who may already be working in the health sector and wishes to progress either to an enhanced role or enter the health profession. Alongside enhancing your practical based skills, you will gain an enhanced understanding of how academic and vocational work informs your practice.

Qualification Gained

Certificate in Higher Education Health Care Practice awarded by NCG

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

  • Bioscience 1
  • Applied Health Science
  • Assessment and Clinical Skills in Healthcare
  • Safeguarding in Healthcare
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Personal Development
  • Work Related Learning

Learning Methods

The programme will draw on a number of learning and teaching strategies including new theories and models. Frameworks will be presented and/or discovered through formal lectures, directed reading and peer learning. Students have access to specialist books and computers in the college’s library as well as on-line journals and resources through a professional resource system.

You will have the opportunity to take part in highly engaging and innovative assessment methods, including;

• The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) simulation assessment
• Live Briefs from a range of sector specific employers
• Critical Discussions/Role Plays

You will learn from a number of highly experienced lecturers who are specialists in the field of health and social care. You will also benefit from a number of guest lecturers who are sector related and these guest lectures will be tailored to the modules studied on the level 4 programme to assist you with assignments.

The College is also equipped with state of the art health and social care simulation hospital and residential rooms where you can develop skills, demonstrate abilities and prepare for the workplace.

Progression Opportunities

FdSc Health Care Practice - Progress onto level 5 of our Foundation Degree programme in Health Care Practice

Career Opportunities


Students can gain employment as health care assistants within a variety of settings or can undertake further study in order to undertake a professional role within healthcare such as Nursing or Midwifery.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum English language test score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.