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Social Services HNC

(SCQF level 7)

, Education and Humanities

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st 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 preferably including English OR
  • NPA Health and Social Care plus one Higher OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF Level 6 in a related subject OR
  • Candidates with SVQ3 in a related area will be considered OR
  • Applicants without these qualifications but with significant relevant experience will also be considered.

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

Some of the subjects you will study are:

  • Care in Contemporary Society
  • Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches
  • Care Practice
  • Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding.
  • Understanding Loss and the Process of Grief
  • Mental Health Issues in a Care Setting

A range of other units is also included to meet the requirements of the award including three SVQ3 units and a Graded Unit.

After the course


Entry level positions in social services.

Continuing Study

You can progress on to degree programmes in Social Work and other subjects such as BA (Hons) Social Work at the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University, and University of Strathclyde as well as other universities across Scotland.

Second-year entry may be possible as well as entry to other degree programmes according to entry criteria such as BA Integrated Health and Social Care at the University of the West of Scotland. There are also other opportunities such as BA/Diploma Higher Education: Education and Social Services.


How the course is taught

The course is taught through a number of teaching methods including lecture, tutorial and Virtual Learning Environment.

Assessment methods

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

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus