Care and Administrative Practice HNC

UCAS code 115L
Information line 0845 272 3600*

What is special about this course?

This course will give you the required skills and knowledge to take advantage of many different career opportunities in nursing, health and allied health professions. It will also prepare you for the new registration requirements for Health Care Support Workers and is preparation towards becoming an Associate Practitioner.

On completion you will be able to pursue a career in a health related profession or pre-registration nurse education. You can also progress to the BA (Hons) Health Studies.

Special features

  • The course has been designed to meet the needs of different paramedical and health care providers
  • You will undertake work placements as part of your course


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Normally 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above or
  • 1 A level at grade C or above
  • Preferably English or a science related subject
  • Alternatively appropriate Group Award at level 6 eg NC Health or NC Social Care or Access to Nursing plus 1 Higher
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • Applicants will require satisfactory Occupational Health Screening
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course


Access routes

NC Health, NC Social Care or Access to Nursing, or other appropriate group award at level 6

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Safe Working Practice for Care 
  • Therapeutic Relationships: Understanding Behaviour 
  • Hospital Patient Administration 
  • Understanding Personal and Professional Development 
  • Sociology for Care: An Introduction 
  • Learning through Practice 
  • Graded Unit 1: Care and Administrative Practice

option units may include:

  • Physiology for Care Professionals 
  • Essential Skills for Care Practice 
  • Principles of Professional Practice 
  • Mental Health Nursing: An Introduction 
  • Mental Health and Mental Disorder 
  • Learning Disability: Current Policy Issues In Care 
  • Learning Disability: Promoting Safe and Effective Practice 
  • Health Promotion in a Changing Society 
  • Essential Academic Skills
  • Administration of Medication  
  • Understanding and supporting behaviour   
  • Health Care Policy
  • Mental Health Issues 


Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time


You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, practical sessions and work placements, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year

Start date



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN unit) £434 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434 £448

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of the HNC Care and Administration Practice, you will be able to pursue a career in a health-related profession or pre-registration nurse education including adult nursing, mental health, learning disability and children's nursing in accordance with the regulations of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress to the second year of the BA (Hons) Health Studies, or to a nursing degree with the Robert Gordon University, the University of Dundee or the University of Stirling, Highland Campus, with whom the university has agreements.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Care and Administrative Practice HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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