HNC Care & Administrative Practice

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Entry Requirements

What you need to qualify for entry... - 2 Highers (preferably English and a science subject) - National 5 Maths (or equivalent) - Level 6 NC Health or a related subject - SWAP Access to Nursing - Or applicants without formal qualifications but who have significant care experience Potential students will be invited to an interview. Part of the interview process is completion of a written piece of work and a numeracy test. Successful candidates must obtain a PVG and participate in occupational health screening.


The HNC Care and Administrative Practice is for students who are interested in a career in healthcare. This course provides a broad foundation of the skills and knowledge required to prepare students to work within the care field or progress onto further study.

Course Content

The course comprises 10 units delivered over one year. The course promotes and instils the values and skills required to work within a health care field. It is delivered using a variety of teaching methods including tutorials, group work, self-directed study and simulation. Units include: - Principles of Professional Practice - Understanding Personal and Professional Development - Essential Skills for Care - Safe Working Practice for Care - Physiology for Care Professions - Therapeutic Relationships: understanding behaviour - Sociology for Care Practice - Individual Pathways in Health and Social Care - Learning Through Practice - The Graded Unit A wide range of assessment strategies are employed including essay and report writing, closed book examinations, presentations, practical observations and group work. You will also complete a 12-week clinical placement within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. During this time you must complete 24 hours of clinical practice per week alongside days learning in college. In most cases this will consist of two 12-hours shifts in a hospital placement and two days spent in college.


Full Time 1 Academic Year August - June.


The course is designed to meet the requirements for entry to many health-related degrees including nursing, allied health professions and paramedic science. Successful completion will also allow you to gain employment as a senior healthcare support worker. There is also an option to articulate into year 2 of BSc Nursing in Adult, Learning Disability and Mental Health branches at Glasgow Caledonian University upon meeting certain additional requirements. Possible Career Streams Nursing Health Care Support Worker