Social Services HNC @ SCQF Level 7

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Health and social care


This award is specifically for you if you are currently working within the field of health and social care but who have not yet been able to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a practitioner. It will allow you to integrate theory with current practice to provide an informed approach to health and social care.

The main aim of the HNC is to provide an integrated course of values, skills and knowledge, to equip you and other learners to work effectively in a range of care settings. It also aims to provide an award flexible enough to meet the needs of employers.

Included in the award are three SVQ units which can assist you in gaining the joint award of SVQ level 3 in the future.  If you have already gained the SVQ3 Health and Social Care award you are only required to complete the theoretical units to achieve the HNC award and may be a part time student.

The majority of the course work is theory and will be delivered through online lessons on Teams.  This reflects the needs of the industry currently and the way many universities are delivering their programmes. So, it prepares you well for further study.  However, this is a practitioner based course so you will be attending practical placement each week alongside your online lessons.

A career in health and social care requires that you meet the standards required for professional registration.  This is different to academic qualifications.  Please read these requirements at the following links as you may be asked about them at interview:

For social care:

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100% attendance and engagement is required at lessons and placement

Entry Requirements

  • You must be over 18 years old at the start of the programme to allow you to attend practical placement
  • You should be currently working in the field of Health and Social Care
  • Your personal statement in your online application must be no less than 250 words, you may want to research how to write a good personal statement here:
  • Make sure your application is accurate and detailed as it helps us to decide if we will invite you for interview
  • There will be a requirement to become a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) for which you will be expected to pay £59.   You may not be eligible if you have a criminal record.
  • You must be able to commit to 100% attendance at college and placement for the academic year
  • You must be physically and mentally capable of supporting individuals in a care setting
  • You Should have one of the following:
      • Two Highers at B or above and considerable relevant experience in a paid or voluntary capacity in a care setting, and National 5 Maths and English if you plan to progress to University.
      • One Higher at B or above and an NPA in Reablement 
      • One Higher at B or above and a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Health
  • Those with SVQ level 3 qualifications in Health & Social Care may not be eligible for full-time funding
  • Progressing learners from this area must meet the entry criteria and have a positive learner reference and in addition, must have had excellent attendance and engagement throughout their previous programme and no more than 2 reassessments or remediation.
  • You must be prepared to show evidence of negative lateral flow tests when attending college in person or at practical placement
  • Your must be prepared to show evidence to practice placement of Covid Vaccination.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

  • You must respond to the interview session invitation – your appointment may be offered to someone else if you do not. This interview may be held via Teams or phone.
  • You must show evidence of your qualifications before or at the interview session to prove they meet the entry criteria
  • You must show evidence of Covid Vaccination (Covid Pass App)
  • All applicants must come to the session prepared to discuss the following topic: ‘Is it always better to be cared for at home?’  You may bring notes for your discussion.
  • You should also be prepared to discuss your career plans and why this course is the most suitable for you, and why at this time in your life is it the right time for you to study.

Please ensure prior to interview you have looked at the following web pages, you may be questioned about this at interview:

Course Content

Care in Contemporary Society, Leadership Starts With Me, Health Well Being and Safe Surroundings, Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches, Promote Effective Communication, Social Services, Graded Unit.


Assessments may take the form of group presentations, essays, reports etc. You must successfully achieve all of the subjects to be able to sit the graded unit and achieve your HNC.  This award cannot be completed without practical experience.


  • This is a Professional Award and is a requirement by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to work within social care.
  • The HNC may allow entry into degree programmes.  It should be noted however that this is not automatic and is subject to meeting any additional requirement of the university.  It is your responsibility to meet any additional requirements.
  • This award may be used as a stepping-stone to a degree in social work, a degree in nursing, and a pass with an A in the graded unit is required to be considered for direct entry to year 2 of the MA Health and Social Policy. A pass with a B in the graded unit may allow entry to year 1 at Glasgow University on the Crichton Campus. All of these are subject to meeting any additional requirements set by the university.

Career Prospects

You may be eligible to apply for BA Social Work, HND Social Science, BSc Nursing or BA (Hons) in Education and Social Services.

This course can lead you to employment in the care sector and therefore registration with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

You will be able to register with the SSSC and it improves your employability and promotion prospects.

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