Health Care and Social Services - HNC


19 Aug 2024


13 Jun 2025

The HNC in Social Services is a nationally recognised qualification for staff working within the social care sector. The course aims to provide students with underpinning knowledge, values and skills relevant to work in a range of social care settings, and to prepare them for a degree in Social Work. Students study a range of subjects, including Care in a Contemporary Society, Care Practice, Leadership Starts with Me, Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding, Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches, Graded Unit, Understanding Loss and the Process of Grief. Also included in this award are 3 SVQ Care Level 3 mandatory units. Work placement is an integral and essential part of the course

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HNC Social Services at SCQF Level 7


Full-time 36 week course, 3 days per week in College/ online, 2 days per week on placement


Scottish Borders Campus

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Entry requirements

Social Care Higher course or 2 Highers (one of which should be English), to include Literacy or Communications at Level 6 and relevant work experience, or a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare or Children and Young People. Students with relevant work experience and evidence of study at SCQF Level 6, which includes a supporting reference from their care workplace, will be considered for an interview session. Applicants may be required to complete a preparatory course as a condition of being placed on this course. Students will also be required to complete a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) form.

Progression opportunities

Successful completion may enable students to apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for undergraduate Social Work programmes. This course is suitable for applicants who wish to go directly into employment in social care and health related areas, e.g. Senior Care Assistant, Support Worker, Family Worker and Residential Childcare Worker


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