HNC Social Care

HNC Social Care

The HNC Social Care at SCQF level 7 will equip candidates to work effectively in a range of care settings with a variety of service users. Candidates will gain an understanding of the values and principles of social care and will learn how to integrate those values with the necessary skills and knowledge.

The HNC aligns with with National Care Standards and SSSC Codes of Practice and is available through colleges, training providers and partnership arrangements.

 

Why deliver this qualification

The HNC in Social Care at SCQF level 7 offers a variety of optional Units so candidates can choose Units which reflect their job roles. Units can also be followed on a stand-alone basis to satisfy continuous professional development (CPD) requirements.

The qualification is designed to meet the needs of employers, hence the inclusion of National Occupational Standards (three mandatory SVQ Units).

The HNC can be delivered on a full-time, part-time, and partly open learning basis.

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC in Social Care at SCQF level 7 is suitable for people who work in any setting where care and support is being provided for individuals and groups. This can be residential or day-care settings for all client groupings, home care, community or youth justice projects, or mental health projects.

Candidates who are employed would normally be in workplaces as described above. The HNC is also very suitable for people who want to learn about care and seek employment in this sector after achieving the award.

Access

Access is at the discretion of each centre. However, candidates should have an understanding that care values and communication skills are essential for good care delivery.

It is preferable, but not essential, that candidates have some experience of care work but not necessarily paid employment.

Progression

At SCQF level 7, HNC candidates may have the opportunity to progress to the PDA in Childcare and Education or could gain access to Year 2 of the current BA Early Years Childhood Studies.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Group Award Specification

Title: HNC Social Care
Code: G7ME 15
Date: Version 06 (May 2014)
Download: HNC Social Care Arrangements Document (167 KB)

Assessment Exemplars

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Your centre's SQA Co-ordinator will have access to these HN assessment exemplars on SQA's website. Please approach them for copies.


Title: HN Social Care (Stress Management)
Unit Number: DH3Y 35
Code: CB2222
Edition: 1

Title: Social Care: Group Award Graded Unit 1 (HNC)
Unit Number: DH46 34
Code: CB2206
Edition: 1

Title: Social Care Theory for Practice
Unit Number: DH3K 34
Code: CB2207
Edition: 1

Title: Sociology for Social Care Practice
Unit Number: DH3N 34
Code: CB2213
Edition: 1

Title: Social Policy and Its Application to Social Services
Unit Number: DH3L 34
Code: CB2208
Edition: 1

Internal Assessment Reports

Internal Assessment Reports were formerly known as Senior Verifier Reports.

Structure

Group Award code: G7ME 15 (96 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 7

Route 1

HNC Social Care (Route 1) consists of eight mandatory Units (72 SCQF credit points) and three optional Units (24 SCQF credit points).

Mandatory Units

  • Social Care Theory for Practice - DH3K 34 (16 SCQF credit points)
  • Social Policy and its Application to Social Services Provision - DH3L 34
  • Psychology for Social Care Practice - DH3M 34
  • Sociology for Social Care Practice - DH3N 34
  • Social Care: Graded Unit 1 - F291 34
  • Promote Effective Communication for and about Individuals - DK4R 04 (SVQ Unit)
  • Promote, Monitor and Maintain Health, Safety and Security in the Working Environment - DK4K 04 (SVQ Unit)
  • Reflect on and Develop your Practice - DK57 04 (SVQ Unit)

Route 2

HNC Social Care (Route 2) consists of five mandatory Units (48 SCQF credit points), an SVQ group award (32 SCQF credit points) and two optional Units (16 SCQF credit points).

Mandatory Units

  • Social Care Theory for Practice - DH3K 34 (16 SCQF credit points)
  • Social Policy and its Application to Social Services Provision - DH3L 34
  • Psychology for Social Care Practice - DH3M 34
  • Sociology for Social Care Practice - DH3N 34
  • Social Care: Graded Unit 1 - F291 34

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