HNC Care and Administrative Practice SCQF level 7
Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers. The HNC in Care and Administrative Practice (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills as a senior health care support worker in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
This qualification covers areas such as: Essential Skills for Care Practice, Safe Working Practice for Care, Individual Pathways in Health and Social Care, Principles of Professional Practice, Sociology for Care practice, Therapeutic Relationships: Understanding Behaviour, as well as Understanding Personal and Professional Development and Care and Administrative Practice.
This qualification is available through colleges and 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.
There is a wide choice of optional units, which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.
Progression to other qualifications and career opportunities will differ depending on the route candidates choose, ie clinical or non-clinical.
Who does this qualification suit
The HNC SCQF level 7 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
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 together with three Standard Grade passes at 3 or above or 3 National 5 passes
- an SVQ at Level 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.
This qualification provides articulation pathways to awards at SCQF level 9 or above in related fields. Candidates will also be able to progress into employment within the health sector in appropriate occupational areas or, while already employed within the sector, undertake specific clusters of HN Units to support their progression and skills base within the workplace.
The nature of the subject area encourages self reflective practitioners and independent learning and the award structure promotes the ongoing development of specialist skills supported by transferrable skills developed through knowledge, understanding and application.
Progression to other qualifications and career opportunities will differ depending on the route candidates choose. Full details can be found in SQA’s group award specification for this award.
HNCs can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the HNC in Care and Administrative Practice clinical route allows direct entry into the second year of Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University.
In terms of the non-clinical route there has been discussion on the following articulation pathway on completion of the HNC year 1 with 120 credit points at SCQF level 7: BA Integrated Public Services yr 2 University of the West of Scotland.
Higher National qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). For example SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare, SVQ 3 Healthcare Support Clinical, Non- Clinical.
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.
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.
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.
Where can you take this course?
Qualification content and delivery tools
HNC Care and Administrative Practice SCQF level 7
Group award code: GL7W 15 (96 SCQF credit points)
The structure of the HNC Care and Administrative Practice SCQF level 7 is seven mandatory units totalling 7 credits. These units must be undertaken before branching to either Route 1 Clinical or Route 2 Non-Clinical.
Both Route 1 and 2 each have mandatory optional units totalling 5 credits which must be achieved for the 12 credit HNC award and a total of 96 credit points.
Group award specification
Group award code: GC9A 15
HND Care and Administrative Practice
Group award code: GD0A 16
This group award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.
The finishing date for this qualification is 31/07/2018.
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 3 years (HNC) and 4 years (HND).
|Title:||HNC/HND Care and Administrative Practice|
|Code:||GC9A 15 and GD0A 16|
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|Download:||HNC/HND Care and Administrative Practice Arrangements Document (710 KB)|
Internal Assessment Reports
Unit(s) and delivery tools
Group Award codes: HNC: GC9A 15 (96 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)
HND: GD0A 16 (240 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 8)
HNC Care and Administration Practice
There are two routes to achievement within this framework. Route 1 is for candidates wishing to progress in a healthcare practice setting. Route 2 is for candidates wishing to progress in an administrative setting. Candidates should undertake the route most appropriate to them, depending on what existing qualifications they have, if any.
HND Care and Administration Practice
There are three routes to achievement within this framework. Route 1 is for candidates wishing to progress in a general health studies setting. Route 2 is for candidates wishing to progress in an administrative setting. Route 3 is only open to those currently working in a clinical setting and is particularly appropriate for existing practitioners qualified to SCQF level 7 who wish to access specialist clinical Units to develop their skills while working towards roles at Career Framework level 4.