HND Social Services
The HND Social Services at SCQF level 8 will develop the knowledge and skills of social service practitioners so that they can better contribute to the delivery and development of integrated social services. The qualification contains elements of leadership in line with the government’s policy of promoting leadership at all levels within the sector.
This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and partnership arrangements.
Why deliver this qualification
The HND Social Services at SCQF level 8 can be customised to suit candidate and employer needs - see the pathways under the Structure section.
The qualification can be delivered on a full-time, full-time (fast track), day release, part-time evening, and open learning basis. A combination of delivery modes is recommended.
Who does this qualification suit
This qualification is aimed at individuals who have achieved a practitioner qualification at SCQF level 7 or equivalent and who wish to advance their practice or improve their employment prospects.
If candidates access this award at SCQF level 7 it is recommended that they select a route that will allow them to register at practitioner level with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). For example by following either Route 1, Route 2 or Route 3 the candidates will also be awarded with either the HNC Social Care or the SVQ level 3 Health and Social Care (Adults or Children and Young People) and the HNC Social Care mandatory Units, depending on route selected, in addition to the HND Social Services.
It is recommended that candidates accessing the SCQF level 8 component of this HND should hold a practitioner qualification as prescribed by the SSSC, for example the HNC Social Care, SVQ level 3 Health and Social Care (Adults or Children and Young People) or other recognised predecessor awards.
Some higher education institutions (HEIs) will accept applicants with an HNC in Social Care and SVQ 3 Health and Social Care for the second year of a Social Work Honours Degree programme. Candidates interested in entering at year three of a degree programme should contact individual HEIs directly as entrance criteria may vary.
Successful candidates may wish to progress onto the SVQ Leadership and Management for Care Services Level 4 if they are employed in a suitable job role. Alternatively, some successful candidates may wish to complete the SVQ 4 in Health and Social Care.
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
Ongoing course assessment will apply. The approach to delivery and assessment in this new qualification is holistic and integrative preferring to follow logical learning and assessment themes rather than Unit by Unit.
Candidates will be assessed in relation to a Graded Unit and two SVQ Level 4 Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD) or Playwork Units as identified in the Group Award framework.
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Qualification content and delivery tools
Information about the qualification(s)
National Occupational Standards
Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.
Group Award Specification
|Title:||HND Social Services|
|Date:||Version 03 (May 2015)|
|Download:||HND Social Services Arrangements Document (2 MB)|
Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material
Candidate Guidance and Portfolio
Group Award code: G97D 16 (240 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 8
There are five pathways within this framework to choose from. Candidates should follow the route most appropriate to them, depending on their starting point and existing qualifications, if any.
HND Social Services — Overview of main pathways
- Route 1 - for candidates undertaking HNC and HND consecutively
- Route 2 - for candidates in possession of a relevant HNC
- Route 3 - for candidates in possession of a relevant SVQ
- Route 4 - for candidates in possession of a relevant HNC and PDA
- Route 5 - for candidates in possession of a relevant SVQ and PDA
The routes - and options available within each - can be found in the Arrangements document: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/HND_Social_Service.pdf
- F56X 35 - Childhood Practice and Social Services: Professional Development and Practice (250 KB)
- F56V 35 - Childhood Practice and Social Services: Applied Sociology (235 KB)
- F56T 35 - Childhood Practice and Social Services: Applied Psychology (248 KB)
- F5BN 35 - Childhood Practice and Social Services: Legislative, Policy and Protection Contexts (224 KB)
- F56W 35 - Childhood Practice and Social Services: Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of Professional Practice (309 KB)
- F56Y 35 - Childhood Practice and Social Services: Developing Leadership (270 KB)
- DH3K 34 - Social Care Theory for Practice (93 KB)
- DH3L 34 - Social Policy and its Application to Social Services Provision (86 KB)
- DH3M 34 - Psychology for Social Care Practice (189 KB)
- DH3N 34 - Sociology for Social Care Practice
- DK4R 04 - Promote Effective Communication for and About Individuals (156 KB)
- DK4K 04 - Promote, Monitor and Maintain Health, Safety and Security in the Working Environment
- DK57 04 - Reflect on and Develop your Practice (95 KB)
- F291 34 - Social Care: Graded Unit 1 (121 KB)
- F5LJ 35 - Social Service: Graded Unit 2 (232 KB)
- DK4H 04 - Promote the Well-being and Protection of Children and Young People (160 KB) Excluded Combination with DK41 04
- DH40 35 - Supervision in Care Settings (228 KB)
- DV0L 35 - Managing Resources in Care Services (223 KB)
- DV0K 35 - Supporting and Managing the Protection of Individuals (225 KB)
- DV0J 35 - Managing Policy and Procedures in Care Services (214 KB)
- F2VB 34 - Learning and the Learning Environment (95 KB)
- F2VD 34 - Responsibility for Developing Quality Learning (95 KB)
- DP2V 35 - Manage and Understand the Implications of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (243 KB)
- DP2T 35 - Manage Best Practice to Support Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (237 KB)
- D85G 04 - Manage a service which meets the best possible outcomes for the individual
- DK32 04 - Assess individual needs and preferences (146 KB)
- DK3W 04 - Produce, evaluate and amend service delivery plans to meet individual needs and preferences (149 KB)
- DK43 04 - Promote employment, training and education opportunities for individuals (107 KB)
- DK45 04 - Promote housing opportunities for individuals (105 KB)
- DK8Y 04 - Support the protection of individuals, key people and others (135 KB)
- DK67 04 - Develop joint working agreements and practices and review their effectiveness (133 KB)
- DH3T 34 - Contribute to Meeting Health Care Needs (223 KB)
- DH43 34 - Counselling Awareness for Social Care (210 KB)
- DJ1P 34 - Diet and Nutrition in Relation to Health (183 KB)
- DH44 34 - Mental Health Issues in a Care Setting (232 KB)
- DH3Y 35 - Stress Management (195 KB)
- F210 34 - Social Care: Housing Support (97 KB)
- F211 34 - Social Care: Homelessness (90 KB)
- DH3X 34 - Supporting Spiritual Wellbeing (214 KB)
- DH41 34 - Understanding Dementia (213 KB)
- DH3W 34 - Understanding Loss and the Process of Grief (196 KB)
- DH3V 34 - Working in Partnership with People who have a Learning Disability (215 KB)
- DH3R 35 - Working with Problematic Substance Use (218 KB)
- DH42 34 - Youth and Community Justice
- DG5D 35 - Team Working in Care Settings (218 KB)
- DM0G 35 - Supporting and Managing Provision in Secure Care Settings (241 KB)
- DM0F 34 - Caring for Young People in Secure Care Settings (227 KB)
- DM79 34 - Supporting Children and Families (228 KB)
- DE3R 34 - Personal Development Planning (255 KB)
- DE1K 33 - Workplace Communication in English
- DK9K 04 - Manage a dispersed workforce to meet the needs and preferences of individuals at home (145 KB)
- DK8F 04 - Lead teams to support a quality provision (157 KB)
- D85H 04 - Ensure individuals and groups are supported appropriately when experiencing significant life events and transitions (139 KB)
- DK7T 04 - Help parents and carers to acquire and use skills to protect and take care of children and young people (134 KB)
- DK65 04 - Develop and maintain an environment which safeguards and protects children and young people (66 KB)
- DH45 34 - Working With Autism (220 KB)
- DM6D 34 - Supporting Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (242 KB)
- DK8N 04 - Support Individuals with Specific Communication Needs (57 KB)
- DK8C 04 - Support Individuals to Prepare for, Adapt to and Manage Change (54 KB)
- DK5J 04 - Contribute to the assessment of children and young peoples’ needs and the development of care plans (66 KB)
- DK30 04 - Participate in inter-disciplinary team working to support individuals (127 KB)
- DK44 04 - Contribute to care planning and review (127 KB)
- DK91 04 - Support the Social, Emotional and Identity Needs of Individuals (123 KB)
- DK3C 04 - Prepare and support individuals to move and settle into new living environments
- DK4W 04 - Provide frameworks to help individuals to manage challenging behaviour (116 KB)
- DK98 04 - Work with Children and Young People to Prepare Them for Adulthood, Citizenship and Independence (133 KB)
- DK90 04 - Support the Social, Emotional and Identity Development of Children and Young People (154 KB)
- DK5V 04 - Contribute to the prevention and management of challenging behaviour in children and young people (144 KB)
- DK6E 04 - Develop, implement and review care plans with individuals (151 KB)
- DK68 04 - Develop practice which promotes the involvement, well-being and protection of children and young people (171 KB)
- DK69 04 - Develop practices which promote choice, well-being and protection of all individuals (167 KB)
- DK41 04 - Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all individuals (136 KB)
- DH3P 34 - Protection of Individuals from Possible Harm and abuse
- DJ1N 34 - Understanding and Supporting Behaviour