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Social and Com­mu­ni­ty Work HNC (Lev­el 4) — Full-time

Course outline

This new Higher National Certificate course is designed to meet the needs and expectations of students aspiring to work in social work, community work and community development

It aims to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the social and community work sector and to be adaptable in a constantly changing world.

For the course scheduled to begin in January 2021, course delivery is planned to run through continuously until the end of August 2021

The HNC in Social and Community Work allows a varied approach to assessments and delivery that supports progression to NVQ Level 5 (the HND) and Level 6 (such as a BA/BSc Honours top-up degree), with assessment relevant to the local economy and local needs.

Students on this course are required to undertake a placement in two different individual settings to develop social and community work skills, as well as the knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global health and social care environment.

This qualification supports progression into a range of careers in social and community work, including: family support work roles, resource officer and personal assistant roles, community development work, public health and community support work, care planning roles, advocacy, social services supervisory or lower management roles, counselling and rehabilitation support roles.

Mandatory modules include:

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

Specialist optional units:

  • Select three additional units to make up to 120 credits of study

Compulsory work placement

It is a requirement that students on this course must complete at least 225 hours' of work experience, covering both social care and community care settings.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: SCW1

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Location Date Fees / reductions
664 Nuthall Road

Start: Monday 26th September 2022

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C031458 / Q031459


Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Social and Community Work


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Course work, controlled assessments, case studies.

There are no examinations.


The Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma are recognised as meeting admission requirements to many relevant social and community work-related courses, for example:

  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Social Work
  • BA (Hons) in Social and Community Work
  • BA (Hons) in Youth Work
  • BA (Hons) in Community Development
  • BA (Hons) in Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • BA (Hons) in Social Policy
  • BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care
  • or similar, subject to the institution's own entry requirements.

Possible career options include:

  • Family support work roles
  • Resource officer and personal assistant roles
  • Community development work
  • Public health and community support work
  • Care planning roles
  • Advocacy
  • Social services supervisory or lower management roles
  • Counselling and rehabilitation support roles