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, and Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding. Also included in this award are 3 SVQ Care Level 3 mandatory units.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers preferably including English; or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Health Care 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

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


Child, Health and Social Care

SCQF Level