Our Pre-Applied Pathway offers you the opportunity to join HNC and gain the qualifications you need to access our Applied or Blended Pathway.

These year long courses give you the skills, knowledge and academic foundation you need to progress. Most students who study the one of our Pre-Applied Pathway courses do progress to an Applied or Blended Pathway, although equally you can opt to pursue employment or an apprenticeship.

Are you passionate about making a difference to others, and want to undertake a qualification that opens doors to a huge range of opportunities, and offers progression to study at Level 3?

Standard requirements for a Pre-applied pathway.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

Topics include:

  • Effective communication
  • Social influences in health and well-being
  • Human lifespan development
  • Healthy living
  • Human body systems and the care of disorders
  • Health and Social Care values


You’ll also undertake work experience during this one year course and you will study a wide range of units. Throughout the year you will build a portfolio, which may include posters, leaflets and video evidence. Our excellent resources help you to succeed, whilst case studies, group work and role plays also helps you to build skills and confidence.

Through your experience of practical activities and theory you will develop your self-confidence, written and verbal communication skills. Group work, role plays and presentations will offer you the chance to develop as a student and prepare you for your next step.

We are incredibly proud of the experiences on offer from the Health and Social Care department. You’ll have the opportunity to develop new skills, including the chance to undertake your First Aid qualification. We also show how much we care via our departmental enrichment which includes fundraising for gifts for teenagers in hospital at Christmas, and a scheme where we support local care home residents. Our trips and visiting speakers are extensive and include GPs, nurses and experiences such as a visit to Bodyworks.

Assessment is via presentations, group work and assignments and externally assessed exams. 

For most students the Pre-Applied Pathway leads to further study at HNC, either on the Applied or Blended Pathway. Some students do choose to enter the workplace at a junior level, including applying for an apprenticeship.

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The topics you study will help you to develop a range of practical skills that develop you for your next step to higher level qualifications or directly into industry. A special Progression Conference will provide you with an opportunity to explore what’s on offer both in terms of Level 3 courses, and opportunities for employment too. 

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