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Social and Community Work Higher National Certificate/Diploma

The purpose of the Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D) in Social and Community Work course is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the social and community sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. These qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

The HNC/D qualifications in Social and Community Work are designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or progression to further higher education study. This course offers 3 bespoke pathways including:
– Community Development
– Integrated Health and Social Care
– Social and Community Work Practice

Year 1 modules:
•Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
•Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
•Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
• Mental Health and Wellbeing: a Whole Person Approach

Year 2 modules:
•Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person Centred Practice
•Investigating Innovative Approaches in Social and Community Work

The Year 1 HNC tuition fee for academic year 2022-23 is £6,000. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 4 - Higher
Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
30 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: You will need UCAS Tariff Points: 32 points. The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 1 A Levels at Grade C BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade PPP BTEC Diploma: Grade PP Access to HE: Grade P45. The Level 3 qualification must be in an early year or or health and social care subject. Minimum number of GCSEs 2 at Grade C/4: English and Maths is desirable but not essential. Are Level 2 equivalents accepted? Yes. NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Evidence of Disclosure and Barring Service check. A statement of support from your current employer or placement provider which confirms that you have secured hours working in a social or community setting for at least 2 days per week whilst studying the course. We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, professional qualifications from their work sector, portfolio of evidence.

Delivery and Assessment

Assessment is through coursework and reflects not only what the student knows but, also, what they can do to succeed in employment and higher education in an ethical manner.


Students will study the HNC (Level 4) course during the first year of study and upon successful completion of the HNC qualification students can progress on to the HND (Level 5) course during the second year of study. On successful completion of the HND qualification you may be eligible to progress into the second or third year of a nursing or health subject related degree at a University, enter or continue in employment, link with the appropriate professional body or commit to CPD (Continuing Professional Development).