HNC Allied Health Professions: Speech and Language Therapy Support candidate information

HNC Allied Health Professions: Speech and Language Therapy Support

The HNC Allied Health Professions: Speech and Language Therapy Support will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in your current and potential future, employment. The main focus is to provide you with an educational foundation in the Allied Health Professions, and enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role of an Allied Health Support Worker/Assistant Practitioner. This will ensure you are equipped to work with patients in a variety of health care settings.

Employment and progression opportunities

The award has been designed primarily to support Speech and Language Therapy Support Workers/Assistant Practitioners already employed in the clinical workplace and who are recommended by their employers.

It is envisaged that to progress to degree level courses you would need to evidence both investigation skills and sufficient and appropriate clinical experience. This could be achieved by the Graded Unit and the use of the 3 credit Unit Work Role Effectiveness. Candidates hoping to progress by this route should check with university admissions staff, the exact requirements for diversity of clinical experience and its supervision and assessment before starting to assemble the portfolio of evidence for this work.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) does not provide an accreditation function for any courses or educational programmes. The RCSLT was pleased to support the development of this educational opportunity for Support Workers/Assistant Practitioners.


As with all SQA qualifications, access to the award will be at the discretion of the centre.

It is anticipated that the majority of candidates for this award will be employed in a relevant environment as Support Worker/Assistant Practitioner (or its equivalent) and will be recommended by their employers in registering for the award.

If you are entering directly, without previous relevant work experience, evidence of successful study at the following levels is recommended:

  • Science at SCQF level 6
  • English and/or Communication at SCQF level 5

You should have current knowledge of a working speech and language therapy department and be working with speech and language therapy clients.