Social Services

UHI Inverness


Inverness Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


This HNC is a nationally recognised qualification and a valued award for people who want to work in a variety of social service settings, supporting individuals with varying needs.

You will gain an understanding of the values and principles of social services and learn how to integrate those values with necessary skills and knowledge, including the importance of anti-discriminatory practice in line with the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

You will undertake a 60-day work placement as part of your course, giving you the opportunity to complete three units from the SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare. This is usually 2 days a week. However, if you are currently working more than 14 hours a week in a care related role you do not need to do a placement. You use your work experience instead.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers preferably including English, or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. You should also have experience in a social service setting or similar work, either in a voluntary or informal setting. You may also be required to attend for 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 degree course or employment in a range of social service settings.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


Care, Health and Wellbeing

SCQF Level