Health Care and Social Services

HNC Social Services


Available at Cumbernauld


If you have recent experience of working in a care setting (minimum 120 hours), or are working in care either on a voluntary basis or paid and would like to make a difference to people’s lives and wish a national qualification, then this is the course for you. This course is a combination of taught units and workplace experience, and as such it is very much “hands-on”.

Applicants who will not be 17 by 31st August 2021 are unable to apply for this course due to placement requirements.

Course Information

Experience of working in care, 2 Highers at least one of which should be English. Mature students may be considered with no formal qualifications.

Applications may be considered from individuals, who have successfully achieved the SCQF Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare.

Please note:

  • Your place on the course will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check in the form of an enhanced PVG.  
  • You will also require 2 satisfactory references.
  • Day Release and Evening applicants must be working in the care sector for a minimum of 16 hours working in a caring role to be eligible for this course.

The course includes the mandatory units of the SVQ Level 3 Care. Other units delivered include:

  • Care in Contemporary Society
  • Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding
  • Lifespan Development: Theoretical Approaches
  • Leadership Starts with Me
  • Also includes the Graded Unit.

You will be given the opportunity of 2 days a week in a placement, agreed by the college staff, to expand your practical experience, developing knowledge and skills, and clearly identifying how you put these into practice.

You may be eligible to apply for BA Social Work, HND Social Science, BSc Nursing or BA (Hons) in Education and Social Services.

This course can lead you to employment in the care sector and therefore registration with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Classes Available



  • Days
  • 4 days pw
  • Start Date
  • 23 Aug 2021