• Health and Social Care

    HNC Social Services

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year.

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If you’re interested in a career in social services including social work or support work, this course can get you on your way.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working with people

  • A minimum of two relevant Highers, including English and ideally National 5 Maths OR

    a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent such as NC Higher Health and Social Care, NC Higher Working with Communities or SVQ Level 2 Social Services and Healthcare

  • An interview with us

  • A satisfactory reference

  • To become a member of the PVG scheme

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life/work experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course is highly valued by both universities and employers. It will teach you the skills, knowledge and values you’ll need to work effectively in a range of care settings.

You’ll spend 2 days in college and 2 days on placement in a care setting, working with the staff team. Placements cover a whole range of care services across Ayrshire from the local authority, private and voluntary sectors. They can include mental health services, residential care and homelessness projects.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll look at care in contemporary society, exploring the contribution sociology makes to professional practice. You’ll learn about a Human Rights Approach to care practice, and explore the role of the family in modern society.
  • You’ll develop an understanding of care practice, including the values and principles you’ll need to practise safely, ethically and responsibly. You’ll also learn about assessment, planning and working with others.
  • You’ll explore the complexities of human development across the lifespan. You’ll look at psychological theories across all ages and stages of development, and how life experiences can affect development and behaviour.
  • You’ll learn how to work with challenging behaviour within a care setting. You’ll look at psychological theories to explain behaviour, the effects challenging behaviour can have on you and the individual, and methods to respond to it.
  • You’ll explore mental health issues within a care setting. You’ll look at factors which can cause mental health problems for people, as well as the support available.
  • You’ll look at health, wellbeing, safeguarding and security issues for those being cared for or supported, as well as yourself and colleagues.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving on to university to study at degree level. Possible programmes include Social Work, Integrated Health and Social Care, and Psychology

Seeking to start your career with a role as a:

  • Social Worker
  • Social Care Worker
  • Support Worker with various groups such as older adults, people with learning difficulties, adult care, community care, offenders, residential child care or the addiction field

There are also other career options within both the private and public sector.

Start Date

26 Aug 2019




Start Date

26 Aug 2019




Start Date

26 Aug 2019




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