HNC Social and Community Work
Health & Social Care
What is the course about?
The Level 4 HNC Social and Community Work will offer you a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning. You will also develop skills and experience through specialist pathways and the selection of optional units across a range of occupationally relevant subjects.
Studying this course will allow you to develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the social and community work sector through four core units, including one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The course covers a range of topics that are relevant to those who wish to enter a career based in the social sector, such as youth work or community work.
Why should I choose the course?
If you would like to progress into a career in social or community work, or a related career such as youth work, early help or family support, this course is suitable for you. You will need to have completed a level 3 course prior to enrolling on to this course. The course does not offer a direct entry to a social work degree.
What will I learn?
The units covered on the course are:
- 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 (Pearson-set project)
- Organisational contexts of social and community work
- Social policy and administration
- Applied understanding of human development and behaviour.
Modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change, we do not guarantee that an optional unit will always run in any given academic year as options may be dependent on student choice, numbers and staff expertise.
What will the course lead on to?
The course will give you the necessary requirements to progress on to a relevant degree such as social work, community work, or youth work. You could also progress into relevant occupational careers such as early help or adoption services.
Are there any links with industry and university?
As a student on this course, you may benefit from the college’s close connections with the University of Chester and Warrington Borough Council. You will be able to gain valuable industry insights and hear from professionals working in this sector.
What support is available?
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required, and a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
The course benefits from excellent occupational links along with tutors who have a wide range of in-depth experience. The course will be taught in our brand-new Health and Social Care academy with state-of-the-art facilities.
What are the entry requirements?
You will typically have one of the following:
- A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject (64 UCAS points)
- A minimum of 2 A-Levels (A2) with one in a related subject at grade C or above (64 UCAS points)
- Access to HE with relevant options
- Appropriate relevant work experience – mature learners who have appropriate work experience in a related sector or role and/or have professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE English (Language or Literature)
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths is also recommended
- Non-native English speakers who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, need to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to the programme where the programme is both taught and assessed in English.
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be 5.5
All HNC/HND programmes require the completion of a personal statement and curriculum-set task prior to an admissions interview being offered. Further information on this will be provided to applicants upon receipt of their application. Applicants will also be required to provide a reference from one of the following options:
- A previous course leader/teacher (if progressing from a recently attended further or higher education course)
- An appropriate professional who can provide a character reference (if you have not been in recent education or employment)
- A recent or current employer
What are my funding options?
For finance support and enquiries please speak to our Learner Services Team or visit https://www.wvr.ac.uk/higher-education/higher-education-help-finances/
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
The college provides all students with £3 print credit, any further printing will incur a cost. You will need the usual student stationery such as pens, paper, and files. The purchase of textbooks is not compulsory - there is a wide selection of books available in our dedicated Learning Resource Centre. Should you wish to purchase textbooks, your subject tutors will recommend suitable books.
Monday 23 May 2022
08:30 - 17:00
Warrington & Winsford campuses
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