HNC/HND Care and Administrative Practice

HNC/HND Care and Administrative Practice

The HNC and HND in Care and Administrative Practice are appropriate for people who are interested in a career in healthcare or administration.

The HNC Care and Administrative Practice is predominantly skills-focused and provides a broad foundation of skills and knowledge which will prepare candidates for employment or further academic study. The new HND Care and Administrative Practice further develops the skills and knowledge necessary for those seeking positions of greater responsibility within the healthcare or administration sectors. It is also suitable for those intending further academic study.

These qualifications are available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The HNC and HND in Care and Administrative Practice offer a variety of routes which reflect job roles and how candidates may want to progress.

The HNC/D can be delivered on a full-time, part-time, and partly open learning basis.

Who does this qualification suit

These qualifications are mainly aimed at those seeking employment in the NHS as a Senior Health Care Support Worker (SCQF level 7) or an Advanced Practitioner (SCQF level 8) within either a clinical or non-clinical setting. They will also appeal to those seeking to progress to related SCQF level 8 or 9 programmes in health, business or management.

While likely to be particularly attractive to younger people entering the NHS, they are also appropriate qualifications for adult returners.

Access

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidate Information

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

Progression to other qualifications and career opportunities will differ depending on the route candidates choose. Full details can be found in SQA’s Arrangements document below.

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

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Arrangements Documents

Title: HNC/HND Care and Administrative Practice
Code: GC9A 15 and GD0E 16
Date: Version 04 (August 2013)
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)

Structure

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.

Please refer to the SQA Arrangements document for full details of the qualification structures, SCQF credit points and progression routes.