HNC Complementary Therapies
Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers. The HNC in Complementary Therapies (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in professional issues and practice, clinic practice, and body massage treatments.
This qualification includes: aromatherapy, body massage treatments, traditional head massage, reflexology and perspectives of health. It also covers health and safety legislation for complementary therapies, clinic practice, and professional issues and practice.
This qualification is available through colleges and private /training providers. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete
Why deliver this qualification
Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.
The unit-based structure supports flexibility. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.
This HN provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).
Who does this qualification suit
The HNC Complementary Therapies is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
- school leavers
- adult returners to education
- individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
- people who wish to start their own business
As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:
- appropriate groupings of National units
- any two National Qualifications at Higher
- SVQ 2 or 3 in a relevant area
- relevant work experience
Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.
Learners who achieve an HNC Complementary Therapies can progress to the HND in Complementary Therapies.
Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.
Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.
Centres interested in offering this qualification require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).
How to assess
Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.
Ongoing course assessment will apply. Some units by require closed-book assessments, while other units may require research projects to be undertaken.
Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for some units within this qualification.
Where can you take this course?
Qualification content and delivery tools
HNC Complementary Therapies
Group award code: GL7X 34 (96 SCQF credit points)
HNC Complementary Therapies at SCQF level 7 consists of nine mandatory units (72 SCQF credit points) and three optional units (24 SCQF credit points).
Group Award Specification
- Group Award Specification GL7X15 (477 KB)
The HNC Complementary Therapies Group Award (code: G8G1 15) has been replaced and will enter its lapsing period from 31 July 2017.
The finishing date for this qualification is 31 July 2020.
Centres should note that when a group award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:
- the group award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
- the group award arrangements document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed from SQA’s website and archived
- no new centres may be approved to offer the group award
- centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the group award during the defined lapsing period of three years (HNC) and four years (HND)
HNC/HND Complementary Therapies
G8G1 15 and G8G2 16
Version 06 (July 2016)