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Social Services (Eve) HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Health, Social Care & Early Education, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

6th Sep 2022, 36 weeks


City Campus


£ 775


This course is for individuals interested in a career in the social care field or those wishing to pursue further study, for example, progressing to the Degree in Social Work.

It is also suitable for individuals who are employed in the care field and require qualifications for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council and/or continual professional development.

The main aim of the HNC is to provide an integrated course of values, skills and knowledge to equip candidates to work effectively in a range of care settings.  The specific aims of the course are to enable you to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the values which underpin work in social care settings.
  • Understand how the National Care Standards and SSSC Codes of Practice should inform practice.
  • Integrate values, skills and knowledge effectively in a variety of social care settings.
  • Develop skills appropriate for working with a range of service users in social care settings.
  • Prepare for employment in a care setting, or to develop the skills of existing social care workers.
  • Critically evaluate practice and to be reflective practitioners.
  • Develop a working knowledge of current legislation, policy, procedures and practice methods.
  • Engage in continuing professional development.
  • To facilitate progression (for those who wish) to higher education.
  • It is also to provide an award which is flexible enough to meet the needs of employers, hence the inclusion of three mandatory SVQ3 Units.

You'll be taught by qualified lecturing staff from a variety of health and social care backgrounds. The structure of the course includes lectures, research tasks, presentations and group discussions.

This is an interactive course which includes blended learning and encourages your active participation. Industry experts will also be invited to speak with student groups and there is a yearly Graduate Panel for previous students to share their experiences with those currently studying.

HNC Social Services part-time students will complete one day per week on placement from early in the course to the completion of studies within a social care setting allowing for the opportunity to gain experience working directly with service users, put theory into practice in a care setting and complete the SVQ3 units.

Please Note:

  • The cost shown is for year one of the course only.
  • You'll be required to attend college on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm-9pm for two academic years.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above preferably including English OR
  • NPA Health and Social Care plus one Higher OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF Level 6 in a related subject OR
  • Candidates with SVQ3 in a related area will be considered OR
  • Applicants without these qualifications but with significant relevant experience will also be considered

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for an interview where there will be the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.
  • You'll also need to provide a reference from your most recent educational provider (if you're in education) or employer.
  • Please note, for a number of the articulation options, Level 5 Maths is required.  This is offered by City of Glasgow College as Lifeskills Maths.

What you study

Some of the subjects you'll study are:

  • Care in Contemporary Society.
  • Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches.
  • Care Practice.
  • Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding.
  • Understanding Loss and the process of Grief
  • Mental Health Issues in a Care Setting.

A range of other units is included to meet the requirements of the award including three SVQ3 units and a Graded Unit.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Social care 
  • As a support worker with various groups such as older adults, people with learning difficulties, adult care, community care, criminal justice, residential child care, or the addiction field.
  • Various careers in care both within the private and public sector.

Continuing Study

You can also progress on to degree programmes in Social Work and other subjects such as BA (Hons) Social Work at the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University, and University of Strathclyde as well as other universities across Scotland.

Second-year entry may be possible as well as entry to other degree programmes according to entry criteria such as BA Integrated Health and Social Care, the University of the West of Scotland.


How the course is taught

The course is taught two evenings per week for eighteen months.

Assessment methods

All assessments are ongoing throughout the year relating to the unit and course material. These take various forms including written assignments, group presentations and online assessment.

The college Virtual Learning Environment, MyCity, is used extensively for assessment submission, feedback and results as well as for teaching materials and discussion forums.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    6th Sep 2022, 36 weeks
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 775