Qualification frameworks Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designated Higher
Education qualifications in the UK. They are aligned to the Framework for Higher Education
Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Sector Benchmarks. These qualifications have been regulated to the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

To achieve the HND in Social and Community Work, students are required to complete 14 units.
Qualification credit value is 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.

Student Progression to Year 2:

  • Students should PASS/Achieve minimum of 90 credits to be allowed to start the second year.
    a) Each unit in year 1 carries 15 credits, hence student should PASS a minimum of 6 units
  • Students who are unsuccessful in achieving 90 credits (Pass minimum 6 units), should stay in year 1 to complete minimum requirements.

Any student who does not meet progression requirements may not be allowed, at the discretion of the College, to continue and the termination process will be invoked.

Guidance on Re-submission and Repeat:

  • A Student will only have one Re-submission opportunity for a Referred unit. A Re-submission
    typically involves a reworking of the original task.
  • At the discretion of the Assessment and Progression Board, a student who has not passed the
    Re-Submission may have the opportunity to Repeat an assignment. This will not be based on the
    original task.
  • Students may not be allowed to transfer; this is at the discretion of the College.
  • Re-submission and Repeat should be capped to PASS.
Structure of HND in Social and Community Work at LCC (Community Development)
SL no Unit No Unit name Level Unit credit Term, Year
1 1 Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care (core) 4 15 Term 1, Year 1
2 2 Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice (core) 4 30
3 4 Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project) (core) 4 15
4 3 Mental Health and Wellbeing: a Whole Person Approach (core) 4 15 Term 2, Year 1
5 8 Community Development – Principles and Practice (core) 4 15
6 11 Organising and Supporting Community-led Activities (core) 4 15
7 7 Contemporary Social Issues (optional L4) 4 15 Term 3, Year 1
8 19 Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice (core) 4 15
9 20 Investigating Innovative Approaches to Practice in Social and Community Work (core) 5 30 Term 1, Year 2
10 22 Coproduction and Partnership Working in Social and Community Work (core) 5 15
11 46 Global Contexts of Community Development (core) 5 15 Term 2, Year 2
12 30 Community Development Practice (core) 5 15
13 25 Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults (specialist L5) 5 15 Term 3, Year 2
14 36 Mental Health: Distress and Disorder (specialist L5) 5 15
  • There is a 375 hours work experience requirement for students to complete over the two years period.

Work Experience

LCC locates learning in the context of the student’s workplace or volunteering activities. In the Pearson HND Social and Community students must agree to complete the mandatory requirements of 375 hours of work experience. Students undertake a variety of work experience including Work-integrated Learning and Work-based Learning. The Work Experience Policy explains the requirements and responsibilities of all parties, where appropriate. This can be completed prior to joining the College or during the Programme.
Pathway Min. no. of placement/ experience Minimum number of hours in each placement/ experience
HND in Social and Community Work (Community Development) Two 100

Suitable Work Placement/ Experience Settings
Social Care (and healthcare) Community-Based Organisations and Charities
  • Hospice (adult and child)
  • Befriending services e.g. from Befrienders Worldwide (network of centres worldwide provide emotional support and advice)
  • Palliative care services
  • Humanitarian/disaster response agencies e.g. Actionaid
  • Respite care
  • Homelessness support services e.g. Shelter (in the UK)
  • Mental health crisis house
  • Housing support programmes
  • Mental health community outreach teams
  • Food banks
  • Re-ablement services
  • Accessible transportation services
  • Schools or children’s education services
  • Older people’s support clubs/associations
  • Substance misuse services
  • Environmental protection/ conservation groups
  • Agencies working with domestic abuse
  • Community sustainability groups
  • Community learning disability services
  • Trauma support and advisory services e.g. Unicef, Refuge (in the UK)
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
  • Children’s homes
  • Assisted living for people with learning disabilities
  • Youth centres
  • Older person services
  • Neighbourhood revitalisation programmes
  • Offender support units

Program Learning Outcomes

Pearson’s qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised by employers and professional organisations. The recognition of the Higher National Diploma (HND) is a way for students to prepare for jobs and careers in their chosen field through membership of relevant professional bodies. Pearson students and graduates may be offered exemptions by professional bodies from parts of their own qualifications in relation to membership.

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