Social Services HNC

UCAS 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.

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)

Accommodation

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 D or above
  • These should preferably include English
  • Alternatively an NC level 6 Group Award that includes Higher Care or a similar Higher 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
  • 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?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. Placements will be planned in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, probably in semester two (from January 2021). Please note to achieve this SQA qualification, you will need to successfully complete a specific number of placement hours, which could be within your place of employment. We are working hard with accrediting bodies and placement providers to clarify arrangements for delivery of these placement hours, while protecting the health and safety of everyone in the workplace environment. We will provide further information about this as soon as we can. Should public health restrictions during the coming year prevent access to such placements, your programme completion date may require to be extended.
  • 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

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

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)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

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

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £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 while 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)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Funding

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?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

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

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020Aug/Sep 2021

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.