• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Social Services and Care
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

This course is for those wanting a career as a senior care worker within a social care setting or to go to university to qualify in social work or community education. From this course, you can move into more advanced study (a degree in social work) or a registerable qualification with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) so you can work in the social services sector.

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

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Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to start a career in the social services. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or progress into the industry.

What will I study?

You'll learn practical skills and theory for a career in social care. You'll do a social care placement and take three SVQ social services and healthcare units. You'll learn through groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

Next step course options

- HND additional support needs

-BA Education and Child Care

-degree in social work, criminal justice, community education and University of the West of Scotland integrated Health and Social Care degree

How will I be assessed?

Closed and open book assessments, practical assessment on placement, presentations, academic posters.

Why should I choose this course?

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge for working in care and the social services. You'll be taught by experienced staff, including social workers and social science practitioners, and have the chance of work experience with organisations such as South Lanarkshire Council, Blue Triangle, Salvation Army and third sector charities. This gives you the chance to develop your skills in the care field and to relate theory to practice.

Where can this course lead?

This course leads to jobs in care settings and services. Career progression depends on a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland PVG check.

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: 

  • at least two Highers, one of which should be English or 
  • at least one Higher plus foundation apprenticeship in SVQ Social Services and healthcare or 
  • at least 12 SQA National Units at Higher 
  • over 18 at the start of the course 
  • previous experience 
  • one suitable reference 
  • Disclosure Scotland PVG check 
  • satisfactory entry test 
  • satisfactory interview
  • acceptance may depend on interview

What are the interview arrangements?

One to one interview, written task and professional reference, PVG check.

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

For more information on this course and to speak to a member of our team email admissions@slc.ac.uk

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 26/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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