Social Services

Borders College


Scottish Borders Campus


The HNC in Social Services is a nationally recognised qualification for staff working within the social care sector. The course aims to provide students with underpinning knowledge, values and skills relevant to work in a range of social care settings, and to prepare them for a degree in Social Work.

Students study a range of subjects, including Care in a Contemporary Society, Care Practice, Leadership Starts with Me, Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding, Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches, Graded Unit, Understanding Loss and the Process of Grief. Also included in this award are 3 SVQ Care Level 3 mandatory units. Work placement is an integral and essential part of the course.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English; or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare or Social Services (Children and Young People). Entry subject to interview.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Relevant HND

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


Care and Education

SCQF Level