HNC: Care and Administrative Practice SCQF Level 7

This course provides the underpinning knowledge for healthcare support workers. It can provide an entry route to degrees in nursing, midwifery, and allied health professions. The course includes mandatory assessed placements within a healthcare setting. You should note that many placements have a minimum age requirement of 18 years.

What you study

  • Individual pathways in health and social care
  • Therapeutic relationships: understanding behaviour
  • Essential skills for care practice
  • Physiology for care professionals
  • Sociology for care
  • Graded unit 1
  • Safe working practice for care
  • Learning through practice
  • Principles of professional practice
  • Understanding personal and professional development

Duration and attendance

  • 18 months-two years part-time
  • One year full-time

Entry requirements

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at Level C or above preferably including English
  • Advanced Certificate: Health and Social Care (Access to Nursing and all Care HNCs) plus external Care Higher Exam at Level C or above
  • Other SCQF Level 6 qualifications and experience of working in a health or social care setting will be considered on an individual basis


  • National 5 Maths at Level C or above or equivalent (see our Qualifications Explained section for details) is desirable for those who wish to progress to certain degree programmes
  • You are required to have a pre-placement health check
  • There may be a charge for your health check and additional uniform

You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course (visit for more information). If you are concerned about any information that may affect your PVG, you can contact our Guidance team to discuss this before submitting your application.

Career opportunities

  • Employment in local authority, private and voluntary childcare settings at practitioner level

Further study

  • HND: Additional Support Needs: Managing and Supporting the Services SCQF Level 8
  • Fife College has defined articulation routes in place for this course

Student expenses

  • You will be expected to contribute £60 towards the costs of medical checks and immunisation, which are required before you can access placements within the NHS

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