Social Services

Glasgow Clyde College


Anniesland Campus, Cardonald Campus, Langside Campus


HNC Social Services (SCQF Level 7), formerly known as HNC Social Care, is for those interested in a career in social care or those already employed within a care setting who may wish to undertake a formal qualification. It involves both practical and theoretical work and will equip you to work effectively in a range of care settings, supporting a variety of people in need of care and assistance within society.

You will undertake a work experience placement during the course. This course meets the criteria for Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration as a care practitioner.

During the HNC Social Services course you will gain an understanding of the values and principles of social care and will learn how to integrate those values with the necessary skills, knowledge and reflection.

Areas of study covered include:
Care in contemporary society; Leadership; Health, wellbeing and safeguarding; Lifespan development theoretical approaches; Promoting health, safety and security in the work setting; Developing your practice through reflection and learning; Promoting effective communication; Care practice.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English and another English based subject, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. References, personal statement and 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 or degree, or employment in the care sector.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Care and Counselling

SCQF Level