Course Details

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Advanced Certificate: Health and Social Care (Access to Nursing and Care HNCs)

SCQF Level 6

This programme offers you an opportunity to learn about the Health and Social Care professions and the career paths are available in these areas. It allows you to begin your studies at SCQF Level 6 on a generic programme working towards Highers - Higher Care and Higher Psychology. The course is designed to support you to work towards university entrance over 1 or 2 years and is designed to offer the widest range of learning experiences to suit you.

Towards the end of Semester 1, (December) you will be assessed based on an agreed set of criteria (details given at interview) which will determine the most appropriate progression route. These routes will be:

Route A – Access to Nursing Degrees studying Higher Care, Higher Psychology and Communication 4/Literacy 1 (equivalent to Higher English for university entrance)

Route B – Access to Care HNCs studying Higher Care, Higher units in Psychology and the National Progression Award in Health and Social Care: Promoting Reablement, with placement experience

You can apply to University for Nursing either straight from Route A or after completing an HNC on Route B.

What You Study

  • Care: Values and Principles
  • Care: Human Development and Behaviour
  • Care: Social Influences
  • Counselling
  • Dementia
  • Reablement
  • Psychology (Higher units- Route B) or External Higher (Route A)
  • Placement experience- Route B

The Core Skills of ICT, Numeracy and Communication will be developed and certificated on this course.

Duration and Attendance

One year full-time.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Four National 5s at Level A or B or equivalent (see our Qualifications Explained page for details) including English
  • National Certificate: Child, Health and Social Care (including a pass at A/B in the external Level 5 assessment)
  • Relevant industrial experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course (visit for more information). If you are concerned about any information that may affect your PVG, you can contact our Guidance team to discuss this before submitting your application.

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

Further Study

  • HNC Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual
  • HNC Social Services
  • HNC Care and Administrative Practice
  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • HNC Working with Communities
  • HNC Social Sciences

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Career Opportunities

Careers in Health and Social Care settings.

Application Process

  • Successful interview
  • Personal Statement
  • PVG scheme membership (can be acquired through course

Find Your Ideal Career

Want to know more about job opportunities, salaries, and employment rates in this industry? Check out our Career Coach page.

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 04 Sep 2018 19 Jun 2019 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy apply online waiting list only
Full time 1st Year 04 Sep 2018 19 Jun 2019 Levenmouth Campus apply online
Full time 1st Year 04 Sep 2018 19 Jun 2019 Stenton Campus Glenrothes apply online waiting list only

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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