HNC: Healthcare is now oversubscribed, and we are unable to accept any more applications for this course.

However, if you wish to pursue a career in health and social care (including nursing) HNC: Social Services is also accepted as an entry requirement by some Scottish universities. 

Please check the exact entry requirements with each university on their websites or contact the university’s Admissions Departments for advice and support.


This course provides the underpinning knowledge for healthcare support workers and can provide an entry route to degrees in nursing, midwifery, and allied health professions.

The course includes mandatory assessed placements within a healthcare setting, which may be within hospital wards and care homes, and will require you to work various shift patterns (not night shift). 

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Basic clinical skills
  • Professionalism 
  • One year full-time
  • Two years part-time
  • Therapeutic relationships: understanding behaviour
  • Essential skills for care practice
  • Physiology for care professionals
  • Sociology for care
  • Graded Unit 1
  • Safe working practice for care
  • Learning through practice
  • Principles of professional practice
  • Understanding personal and professional development

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above
  • Advanced Certificate: Health and Social Care (Access to Nursing and Care HNCs) plus external
  • Care Higher exam at Grade C or above
  • Other SCQF Level 6 qualifications and experience of working in a health or social care setting will be considered on an individual basis


  • National 5 Maths at Grade C or above is desirable for those who wish to progress to certain degree programmes
  • You are required to have a preplacement health check
  • There may be a charge for your health check and additional uniform
  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • HND: Additional Support Needs: Managing and Supporting the Services SCQF Level 8
  • Employment in local authority, privatand voluntary childcare settings at practitioner level
  • Travel to placement 
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • Personal statement
  • PVG scheme membership (can be acquired through course)