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HNC Social Services ( formerly known as HNC Social Care )

SCQF Level 7

Previously called HNC Social Care, this course is designed to meet the registration requirements to work in Social Care settings and is aimed at those who have some experience in working in Care in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

This is a 12 credit award with most of the Units applied to work experience and placements. If you are a full-time student, placements will be arranged by the College to ensure that you can be supported in the application of theory and gain experience to evidence competency in the three work-based SVQ Units integral to the course.

What You Study

  • Social Policy and its application to Social Services provision
  • Social Care Theory and Practice
  • Psychology for Social Care Practice
  • Sociology for Social Care Practice
  • Graded Unit
  • Three Units at SVQ Level 3

Duration and Attendance

  • One Year Full-time
  • Eighteen Months - Two Years Part-time

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Two Highers
  • Full Group Award in NC Health and Social Care plus a pass in one other Higher at Level A-C
  • Evidence of some work or experience in the Care sector
  • Evidence that you can meet the academic requirements of SCQF Level 7 with the submission of a written piece at interview

Most placements have a minimum age requirement of 18 years.

Further Study

  • HND Additional Support Needs: Managing and Supporting the Services
  • Social Work degree programme at university (some universities will also ask for a Numeracy or Maths qualification)
  • SVQ Level 3 Social Services and Healthcare (while working)
  • May also be accepted for Mental Health Nursing and Midwifery
  • Degrees in Community Learning and Development and
  • Social Sciences

Career Opportunities

  • Care related services, for example residential schools, day-care facilities for the older adult and resource centres for adults with physical disabilities or learning difficulties
  • Care Home Practitioner
  • Housing Support Worker
  • Various job roles in mental health, homelessness and looked-after children

Application Process

  • There will be a required interview even if you have the entry requirements
  • You will be required to join the PVG Scheme
  • There is a large commitment of time to a work placement

Most placements have a minimum age requirement of 18 years.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 29 Aug 2016 23 Jun 2017 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy course full
Full time 1st Year 29 Aug 2016 23 Jun 2017 Halbeath Campus Dunfermline course full
Full time 1st Year 29 Aug 2016 23 Jun 2017 Stenton Campus Glenrothes course full
Other part-time day programme 1st Year 06 Dec 2016 31 Jul 2017 Halbeath Campus Dunfermline course full
Full time 1st Year 23 Jan 2017 31 Jan 2018 Stenton Campus Glenrothes apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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