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Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications open January 2024

HNC Healthcare Practice will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to work in many health and allied health fields both in the NHS and in private or social care settings. During the course you will undertake a clinical placement within the NHS acute sector at Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. The course will give you the skills to pursue a career at Senior Healthcare Support Worker Level or to progress to university to a variety of nursing or allied health undergraduate degree programmes.

There may also be the opportunity for advance entry to year 2 of a number of health/nursing degrees.

This course is also delivered part-time on a Tuesday and Thursday evening over a two year period.

What will I learn?

The units you will cover on this course are:

  • Safe working practice for care
  • Therapeutic relationships; understanding behaviour
  • Sociology and health in Scotland
  • Professional standards for care practice
  • The human body in health and illness
  • Clinical skills for care practitioners
  • Understanding personal and professional development
  • Exploring mental health
  • Graded unit

Assessment is continuous, with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments. You must also undertake a clinical placement.

Please note: successful applicants will be expected to attend the College for training in the two weeks before the course starts. 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Level 6 NC/NQ in a health or care-related area; OR
  • Three B grades from the SWAP Access to Nursing course; OR
  • Two relevant Highers or equivalent, preferably including English and a Social Science subject; OR
  • A Foundation Apprenticeship in care along with one relevant Higher, preferably English
  • It would be preferable but not essential for candidates to have achieved National 5 Maths / Application of Maths, or equivalent; OR
  • ESOL Higher at A, or equivalent, is necessary if English is not your first language
  • Recent IELTS 6.5 (across all areas)
  • Applications are also invited from individuals with no formal qualifications but who have relevant life /work experience, ideally from within the care sector. These applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional Information 

Please note that the interview process is scored so your statement in support of your application, your reference and performance at group interview will be combined to generate an overall score and only the highest scoring candidates will be successful.  

Successful applicants must complete a PVG Disclosure and undergo an Occupational Health check and undergo Hep B vaccinations. Please note that you may be asked to pay for the Occupational Health check, vaccination and the placement uniform. 

Other course requirements

In order to undertake the clinical placement, you must meet the standards of character, conduct and professionalism required by Glasgow Clyde College and the NHS GG&C. 

Due to the high number of applications for this course and the specialist nature of the programme, not all candidates who meet the basic entry criteria will be called for interview. 

Entry requirement equivalency table 

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Clinical placement provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.

There will be input from a range of health and allied health professionals such as The Royal College of Nursing, Alzheimer’s Scotland and Allied Health Professions and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Articulation Routes

Selected students will have the opportunity to progress directly into year 2 of certain nursing and allied health degree programmes. This includes undergraduate degrees offered by for example: Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland and the University of Stirling. This includes the Health and Social Care Degree offered by UWS.

Jobs and further study

  • Following successful completion of the HNC programme you may be able to progress to Year 1 of most undergraduate nursing degree programmes and to other allied health related courses or certain paramedic degree programmes at a range of universities (depending on qualifications and experience).
  • This is a qualification that is recognised by the NHS so on completion you will be qualified to work at Senior Health Care Support Worker level.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your junk/SPAM folder if you do not hear from us). We will be in contact as per the following stages: 

Stage 1

  • one satisfactory reference, proof of qualifications must be submitted before being selected for interview. 

Stage 2

  • group interview with an activity, discussion and individual questions   



  • Unconditional place: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.   
  • Conditional place: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements, references supplied and qualifications verified.   
  • Waiting list: you have met all the entry requirements however the course is full. If any spaces become available you will be contacted prior to the start of course.   
  • Unsuccessful: you have not been successful and are advised to contact the college Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.  

You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process within 4 weeks of the interview  

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place  

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above  

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. student funding, joining instructions and the induction date. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6189