Social Services (previously HNC Social Care) HNC

UCAS code 114L
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What is special about this course?

The HNC Social Care is a nationally recognised qualification and a valued award for people who want to work in a variety of social service settings, supporting individuals with varying needs.

You will gain an understanding of the values and principles of social care and learn how to integrate those values with necessary skills and knowledge, including the importance of anti-discriminatory practice in line with the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

Successful completion of the award will enable you to gain access to employment within a social service setting.

Special features

  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement which will enable you to complete three units from the SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your own personal circumstances
  • Individual units can be studied as continuous professional development (CPD)

Entry requirements

  • Normally 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • These should preferably including English
  • Alternatively an NC level 6 Group Award that includes Higher Care or a similar Higher
  • You should also have experience in a social service setting or similar work, either in a voluntary capacity or as an informal carer
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • You may also be required to attend an interview
  • 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 level 6 Group Award that includes Higher Care or a similar Higher.

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory Units are:

  • Care in contemporary society
  • Leadership starts with me
  • Health wellbeing and safeguarding
  • Lifespan development theoretical approaches
  • Promote effective communication
  • Promote health, safety and security in the work setting
  • Develop your practice through reflection and learning
  • Social services graded unit 1
  • Care practice

You must also choose three optional units which may include:

  • Promoting quality of life through dementia skilled practice
  • Understanding and supporting behaviour
  • Mental health issues in a care setting
  • Administration of medication
  • Developing the individual within a team
  • Health and social care: personalisation in practice
  • Health promotion in a changing society
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • Learning disability: current policy issues in care
  • Supporting individuals with autistic spectrum disorder
  • Working with autism
  • Telehealthcare response
  • Supervise the protection of people
  • Understanding loss and the process of grief
  • Collaborative working
  • Caring for young people in secure care settings
  • Supporting children and young people with additional support needs
  • Supporting children and young people's behaviour

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

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

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

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years

How much will my course cost?

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) 2016-17
Full-time per year
£1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £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) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

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) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

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

What funding can I apply for?

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?

The HNC Social Services qualification will improve your career prospects in a range of social service settings.

Can I progress into further study?

You will be able to progress onto a variety of degree courses following successful interview, usually starting at year one, such as;

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Social Services (previously HNC Social Care) HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

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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