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Social Services HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Health, Social Care & Early Education, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course will provide you with the values, skills and knowledge you need to work effectively in a range of care settings. You will focus on the values that underpin work in social care settings, National Care Standards and the Scottish Social Services Council codes of practice and how it informs your practice. You will develop the skills required to work with a range of service users, preparing for employment in a care setting.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above in subjects such as English, History, Modern Studies, Care, Geography or a Language; OR
  • NPA Health & Social Care: Children & Young People plus 1 Higher; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a related subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you’ll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.
  • You'll also need to provide a reference from your most recent educational provider (if you're in education) or employer. 
  • A minimum of 120 hours direct care experience either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

  • Human Development.
  • Collaborative Working.
  • Leadership.
  • Graded Unit. 
  • Contemporary Issues.
  • Mental Health.

After the course


Possible employment in various care areas with private or public sector.

Continuing Study

Possible progression to:-

  • BA Social Work.
  • BA Integrated Health & Social Care.
  • B Ed Social Services & Education.


How the course is taught

The course is taught using a variety of Learning & Teaching methods.

Assessment methods

Various methods of assessment used to meet the needs of the students, SQA requirements and college quality procedures.

Additional Information

Dress code

College Polo Shirt when out on placement.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus