HNC Occupational Therapy Students presenting 4
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications for this course are now closed.

HNC Occupational Therapy Support is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and skills in occupational therapy for employment in an occupational therapy setting or to progress to relevant degree programmes. This full time course is aimed at those with no previous experience of relevant employment but have a specific interest in the role of occupational therapy as part of the overall treatment and recovery process. Those who already work in healthcare, social and community services and education support settings can benefit from an enhanced understanding of how to improve overall occupational performance and function, enabling people to live more independently and to self-manage any long-term conditions to enhance their quality of life.

What will I learn?

  • Context and development of occupational therapy
  • Needs and rights of service users
  • Policies, procedures and professional standards of occupational therapy
  • Philosophy and theory of occupational therapy
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Audit and quality assurance
  • Graded unit

Assessment is continuous, with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments. 

An extensive workplace element is also included to assist understanding of how to apply knowledge from the class setting to real life practice in social services, supported education and healthcare.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You must provide one suitable references (one must come from someone that has supervised you volunteering/working in a relevant care, support, education or play setting). This experience should be gained over a period of time of at least three months
  • Evidence of academic ability should include two Highers, one preferably in English and one in a science-based subject, or
  • a relevant NC / NQ in a health or care related area at SCQF Level 6, or
  • a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare along with one Higher, preferably in English
  • You should provide a personal statement that shows an interest in and of understanding of occupational therapy
  • Placement (full-time route) is subject to Protection of Vulnerable People Disclosure (PVG) criteria, and NHS Occupational Health check. Vaccines may also be required for NHS placements.
  • You will also be able to apply without formal qualifications, but you must be able to evidence significant relevant life and/or work experience
  • Please note that due to the high demand for places, the specialist nature of the programme and placement requirements, not all candidates who meet the 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

The course is supported by employers across the health, social care and supported education in statutory and third sector services through provision of placements and work place supervision. 

Work placement will be in a wide range of areas eg social care settings, community services, residential and care homes, supported education and NHS across a range of groups including mental health, learning disability, physical disability, rehabilitation, recovery and re-ablement covering all age categories. Work placement provides extensive experience to understand how theory relates to practice for 2 days per week in Block 2 and 3.

Articulation Routes

Articulation agreements and partnerships also exist with Scottish universities providing Occupational Therapy degree programmes.

Jobs and further study

The College supports students wiht the UCAS process and application for university as part of the course. 

Options for further study include:

  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • BA/Diploma of Higher Education: Education and Social Services
  • HNC Care and Administrative Practice
  • BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Students may also choose to apply for any other degree programme that links to care or health, e.g. social work
  • Employment as a support worker within occupational therapy or related areas of health, social services or supported education in a wide range of adult and children/young people areas e.g. learning disability, mental health, physical health, rehabilitation re-ablement and community support

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 and we will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Your application will be reviewed
  • If you have relevant qualifications, relevant work/volunteer experience and understanding of occupational therapy you will be invited to attend an interview. Our admissions team will send you two reference forms. You must submit references and proof of qualifications prior to the interview
  • The interview will consist of an information session and a one-to-one interview
  • Interviews will take place from March to June. You will only be offered one alternative interview date if you do not attend the initial interview
  • You will not hear about the outcome of the selection process before May. 


  • 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 met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the college Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information for example, student funding, joining instructions and an induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3776