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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
23 Aug 2021 @ 5.30pm-8.15pm, two evenings per week (TBC)
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Applications are now closed. Applications will re-open January 2022.

HNC Social Services, formerly known as HNC Social Care, is for those interested in a career in social care or those already employed within a care setting who may wish to undertake a formal qualification. It involves both practical and theoretical work and will include online delivery supported by face-to-face classroom support.

You will undertake a work experience placement during the course. This course meets the criteria for Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration as a care practitioner.

This course is also offered on a part-time basis with a commitment of two evenings per week over two years.

What will I learn?

Mandatory HN Units:

  • Care in contemporary society
  • Leadership starts with me
  • Health wellbeing and safeguarding
  • Lifespan development theoretical approaches
  • Care practice
  • Social services: graded unit 1

Mandatory SVQ Units:

  • Promote effective communication
  • Promote health, safety and security in the work setting
  • Develop your practice through reflection and learning

Other Options Units:

  • Mental health issues in a care setting
  • Understanding and supporting behaviour
  • Understanding loss and the process of grief
  • Promoting quality of life through dementia skilled practice
  • Developing the individual within a team
  • Health and social care: personalisation in practice
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • Learning disability: current policy issues in care
  • Supporting individuals with autistic spectrum disorder
  • Working with autism
  • Collaborative working
  • Supporting children and young people with additional support needs
  • Supporting children and young peoples’ behaviour

Part-time (Evening)

If you choose to study this course on an evening part-time basis and are currently employed within a care setting, you may be able to use your current employer as a placement. Additionally, there may be an opportunity to complete the course in 18 months or less depending on your role or if you already possess the SVQ components of the course.

This can be discussed further at interview. 

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Please note: Full-time applications to our Cardonald Campus will be placed on a waiting list. 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • NC/NQ Social Care (Level 6)
  • Two Highers (Higher English or equivalent such as Higher History or Higher Modern Studies and a second relevant Higher)
  • Other equivalent qualifications will be considered
  • Two suitable references and a separate personal statement should be supplied prior to interview
  • 120 hours of relevant practical experience, either in a paid or a voluntary capacity, in a recognised care organisation or professional care setting
  • You may still be considered if you don't have formal qualifications but do have relevant work/care experience and you have successfully completed a written task
  • Due to the number of internal candidates progressing from the NQ level, places on this course may be limited.

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.

Jobs and further study

  • Jobs in the care sector
  • First year entry to BA/MA Social Work at University of Dundee, University of Stirling and University of Strathclyde (Glasgow School of Social Work)
  • First year entry to BA Social Work (Scotland), Open University
  • BA/BSc Health and Social Care at the Open University
  • Advanced entry to 2nd year BA Social Work at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Second year entry to the BA Education and Social Services at the University of Strathclyde
  • Second year entry to the MA Health and Social Policy at the University of Glasgow (Dumfries Campus)
  • Second year entry to HND Additional Support Needs
  • Second year entry to BA Integrated Public Services at University of West of Scotland
  • SVQ Level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) or SVQ Level 3 Social Services and Healthcare.

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:

  • Selection will be by assessment of qualifications and *individual interview. Application forms will be checked for current and/or pending qualifications and must be completed fully and accurately
  • The process will consist of an individual interview with a member of the lecturing team. Two suitable references and a separate personal statement should be supplied prior to interview. There are guidelines for the additional Personal Statement, these will be sent to you. You will be required to bring evidence of qualifications to the interview, where you will receive more information about the course and college and will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
    Interviews will begin in February and will continue until June.
  • Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview performance, qualifications and/or relevant workplace experience. One of three selection outcomes will be made for you and will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview.

*Interview arrangements may be subject to change in accordance with available public health guidance and in order to facilitate a COVID-secure interview experience.


  1. unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
  2. conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements
  3. unsuccessful: you have not been offered a place on this course.

Any conditions to your offer will be clearly outlined in this email.

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

If a place is unavailable at your chosen campus, 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 relating to student funding in June with joining instructions, and induction information in mid-July.

You must accept your offer as soon as possible in order to secure your place. If you are made a conditional offer, you must provide the required evidence (qualifications, references, other details) as soon as it is available or risk losing your place.

This course involves a placement element which requires that if successful, you will be entered into the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. Both the placement and the PVG check will be organised (and PVG costs met) by the college. This check will be carried out before undertaking work experience. If you have any offences that may be recorded on a Disclosure Scotland check, you should discuss this with staff at the interview, as this may affect your opportunities for course placement and for future employment within a care setting.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3104