Social Services

UHI North, West and Hebrides


Auchtertyre Campus, Broadford Campus, Fort William Campus, Gairloch Campus, Kilchoan Campus, Kinlochleven Campus, Mallaig Campus, Portree Campus, Strontian Campus, Ullapool Campus, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


The HNC Social Services 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.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers at C or above preferably including English; or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare, or relevant national qualification at SCQF Level 6. You should also have experience in a social service 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

Successful completion of the award will enable you to gain access to employment within a social service setting. You will be able to progress onto a variety of degree courses following successful interview.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


Health and Social Care

SCQF Level