HNC Social Services (Evening Class)

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Entry Requirements

Successful completion of the NC Health and Social Care (Level 6) course inclusive of placement experience, or minimum qualification level of Higher English/Communications at SCQF levels 5/6 (National 5/ Higher) with 100+ hours of care work experience. Consideration will also be given to mature applicants who have no formal qualifications, but whose prior work/life experience (to include a minimum of 100+ hours of care work) and maturity indicate that they may be suitable participants. Such candidates will be given the chance to demonstrate that they possess the necessary communication skills during the recruitment process. All candidates will undergo a short entry test, interview and be required to provide two satisfactory references. Applicants must show that they have experience of care work either as a volunteer or as an employee. Please note that all successful applicants will be required complete an application to join the PVG scheme.


An advanced social care course for learners with a commitment to a career in the social care sector. The course incorporates 3 units from SVQ 3 Health & Social Care. The part-time course has a significant practical placement element.

Course Content

Course topics include: - Care in Contemporary Society, - Leadership Starts with Me, - Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding, - Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches, - Care Practice - Graded Unit  - Understanding Loss and the Process of Grief - Understanding and Supporting Behaviour - Mental Health Issues in a Care Setting - Plus 3 SVQ units


Part Time. Two Academic Years: August - June and August – March. Springburn Campus. SQA drop-in: Monday (5 – 8 pm), taught classes: Tuesday and Wednesday (6 – 9 pm).

Cost and Funding

Evening Class additional info - The cost of the Evening course is £642.50 per year. This course attracts Part-time Fee Grant (PFG) funding of around £514 per year. To qualify for a PFG you must meet the following criteria: - Be 16 years plus - Earn £25000 or less - Be a resident of Scotland for at least 3 years. - Your application must be with SAAS no later than three months after your course starts. There are no Fee Waivers for this course.


The course may allow students to progress to University, particularly degree courses in Social Work, and can also lead to progression to Mental Health and Learning Disability nursing. The majority of students completing the course progress into paid employment in a wide range of care settings including working with older people in residential and/or day care settings, supporting adults with learning disabilities, working with people with mental health problems, addiction work and working with vulnerable children.