Social Services

Fife College


Kirkcaldy (St Brycedale) Campus, Glenrothes (Stenton) Campus, Dunfermline (Halbeath) Campus


HNC: Social Services (social care) is designed to meet the registration requirements to work in social care settings and is aimed at those who have some experience in working in care in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

This is a 12 credit award with most of the units applied to work experience and placements. If you are a full-time student, placements will be arranged by the College to ensure that you can be supported in the application of theory and gain experience to evidence competency in the three work-based SVQ units integral to the course.

This course meets the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) requirements for registration for a variety of posts in the health and social care sector. For those working in or considering a career in residential child care this, plus five other SVQ units, meets requirements (due to change soon).

Subjects Include:
Care in contemporary society; Lifespan development; Care practice; Health and wellbeing; Graded Unit; Three SVQ units at SCQF Level 7; Optional units.

Entry Requirements

Two Highers; or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare or Social Services: Children and Young People plus Higher English at Grade A or B; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6.

Progression Routes

HND: Additional Support Needs: Managing and Supporting the Services or relevant degree programme.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health and Social Care

SCQF Level