HNC Occupational Therapy Support

HNC Occupational Therapy Support

The HNC in Occupational Therapy Support at SCQF level 7 is designed to give candidates an opportunity to develop and practise occupational therapy principles, values and philosophy, and gain a working knowledge of legislation and policy. They will also develop knowledge and skills in anatomy and physiology, psychology and sociology — these are essential for understanding individuals’ needs and the role of occupational therapy.

This qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The HNC in Occupational Therapy Support is extremely flexible and can be delivered by day release, full-time and/or distance learning routes and incorporate a range of blended approaches.

Developments in online resources and virtual learning environments offer further opportunities of following an open approach to learning.

This will enable centres to meet the needs of a variety of candidates.

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC in Occupational Therapy Support is appropriate for all occupational therapy support staff across all areas where occupational therapy is practiced. It has increasingly been used by staff to provide evidence of capability and competence. The revised HNC is recognised by the professional body, the College of Occupational Therapists (COT).

Access
Entry is at the discretion of the centre. Candidates must be working with and/or be able to gain the supervision of an occupational therapist in their workplace or on placement. If a candidate is not currently employed as a support worker in occupational therapy, they must have relevant care work experience.

Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • qualifications at SCQF level 6, eg two Highers
  • a relevant programme of study based on SQA National Certificate programmes, eg Social Care 2
  • SVQ in Care at level 3

All candidates are expected to demonstrate that they have the personal qualities, skills and commitment necessary for a career in occupational therapy support and that they have the potential to meet the academic and practical demands of the course.

All candidates must have practical experience of a relevant nature and quality, and have a level of emotional maturity commensurate with work of this nature.

It is a requirement that potential candidates be interviewed by an occupational therapist, delivering the programme.

Centres must ensure that candidates following the full-time route have satisfactorily completed the enhanced Disclosure Scotland process (or Criminal Records Bureau check for England/Northern Ireland/Wales). Full-time candidates may evidence care experience through paid or voluntary work. It is recommended that full-time applicants’ suitability be determined through a reference from employment (paid or voluntary) within the care sector.

Centres must ensure that all-day release and distance learning applicants have satisfactorily completed the enhanced Disclosure Scotland process as part of their conditions of employment.

Centres may also consider those who, for whatever reason, do not meet the above criteria but are otherwise considered suitable candidates.

In addition, speakers of languages other than English will be required to evidence achievement of IELTS at 5.5, expecting to progress to 6 by the end of the HNC should they wish to progress to degree programmes.

Candidate Information

HNC Occupational Therapy Support

The HNC Occupational Therapy Support will give candidates an opportunity to develop and practise occupational therapy principles, values and philosophy, and gain a working knowledge of legislation and policy. They will also develop knowledge and skills in anatomy and physiology, psychology and sociology — these are essential for understanding individuals’ needs and the role of occupational therapy. Find out more

Progression

On completion of the HNC, candidates may progress to appropriate degree programmes including the BSc Occupational Therapy.

Successful completion of the qualification entitles candidates to apply for entry to the second year of the BSc (Hons) degree.

The HNC will enhance progression to employment, eg assistant practitioner, paraprofessional roles.

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.

How to assess

Throughout the course, candidates will experience a range of assessment instruments. Formats for assessment are suggested within each Unit to allow for flexibility, enabling centres to respond to the needs of learners and the needs of the care sector. There may be opportunities to integrate assessments across Units, eg elements of Occupational Therapy: Needs and Rights of Individuals (F3NJ 34) and Occupational Therapy Support: Psychology and Human Development (F3NM 34). The logistics of this will depend on the programme in individual centres.

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Arrangements Documents

Title: HNC Occupational Therapy Support
Code: G90F 15
Date: Version 02 (April 2009)
Download: HNC Occupational Therapy Support Arrangements Document (524 KB)

Group Award Specifications

Title: HNC Occupational Therapy Support
Code: G90F 15
Date: March 2010
Download: HNC Occupational Therapy Support Framework (55 KB)

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Any other information

The HNC is jointly certificated by SQA and the College of Occupational Therapists. Many employers value the HNC because it has both SQA and professional body recognition.

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