Social Services HNC
Course code 114L
What is special about this course?
The HNC Social Services 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 services 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.
- You will undertake a 60-day work placement as part of your course, giving you the opportunity to complete three units from the SVQ Social Services and Healthcare (SCQF level 7). This is usually 2 days a week. However, if you are currently working more than 14 hours a week in a care related role you do not need to do a placement. You use your work experience instead.
- You can study full time or part time to suit your own personal circumstances
- Individual units can be studied as continuous professional development (CPD)
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- Normally 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, OR
- 1 A level at grade D or above
- These should preferably include English
- Alternatively, a relevant NQ or NC level 6 award will be considered OR
- Completion of Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare
- 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
- This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
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?
- 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
Where can I study my course?
- North, West and Hebrides
Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.
UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.
Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.
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;
- BSc Adult or Mental Health Nursing
- BA (Hons) Health and Social Studies
- BA (Hons) Social Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology
- A degree in Social Work at another institution (please check with your institution of choice for any additional entry requirements that may be required in addition to this HNC)
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
Having good support from classmates and tutors, and learning from their experiences as well as on work placements, convinced me that working in social care was what I really wanted. It gave me the drive to achieve the best I could. I have fulfilled my goal, as I am now a qualified, employed residential care worker thanks to the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Rita Yost successfully completed our HNC Social Care. She was nominated for the Ina Maciver Award for her passion for social care, her practical and academic performance and her dedication to her studies.
Apply for Social Services HNC
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.