HNC Social Services

Course Content

This course provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to develop a career within the Social Care sector or progress to university to study Social Work (with additional requirement of Mathematics).

There is a mandatory work placement element with the requirement to complete SVQ level 3 units.


For those already employed in a health or social care setting, there may be an opportunity to undertake this programme on a part-time flexible basis with your employer's endorsement.

Entry Requirements

Two Highers in academic subjects (including English) at grade C or above and experience of working in a care setting (paid or voluntary) or successful completion of Access to Social Care at SCQF level 6. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Selection will be made on qualifications, a satisfactory personal statement, written exercise and a reference.

As a placement is involved you will require a PVG check. It is also expected that you will have a good level of health, wellbeing, and resilience to cope with the demands of care provision. 

All applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Method of Assessment

A portfolio with a range of assignment methods including projects, reports, essay writing and observation in the workplace.

Future Prospects

Degree level study or employment as a practitioner in a social care setting.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and enables registration with the Scottish Social Services Council SSSC.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    26 Aug 2024

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    36 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Health & Social Care

  • Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body. International Students please refer to our International fees page
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