HNC / HND Social and Community Work (Integrated Health and Social Care) (full-time)
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Sep 2020
Full-Time HE
About this course

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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Trowbridge campus, this practical two year Higher National Certificate / Diploma (HNC / HND) in Social and Community Work (Integrated Health and Social Care) is aimed at those required to practice in a range of relevant settings such as students wishing to progress into careers such as nursing and other health-related roles such as social work, community development, youth work and other Higher Education opportunities.

It is also ideal for employees wishing to progress in their careers and those wishing to move into this area of work as employability skills are embedded and assessed throughout.

You will benefit from university-level teaching with well-qualified tutors and the tutors will ensure that you get the help and support that you need while you are a student.

What will I learn?

The aim of this course is to support and develop your career in the areas of Social and Community Work. The course explores each of these strands progressively whilst maintaining a holistic view of Social and Community Work within various contexts.

HNC Social and Community Work

You will complete seven modules in total during this first year and four of these are core modules which focus on fundamentals such as:

  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Practice
  • Professional Principles and Values
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Fundamentals of Evidence Based Practice

The final three modules will be decided by the course tutors to suit the needs of each student cohort.

Alongside your academic learning, you will complete 225 hours working in a suitable setting.  Your tutors will visit you to ensure that you are completing the skills needed to ensure that you are progressing.

HND Social and Community Work

In the second year, you will complete a further seven modules. Two of these modules are core:

  • Personal Reflection
  • Investigating New Approaches in Social and Community Work

The final five modules will be decided by your course tutors to suit the needs of each student cohort.

Alongside your academic learning, you will complete a further 150 hours working in a suitable setting.  Your tutors will again visit you to ensure that you are completing the skills needed to ensure that you are progressing.

Entry requirements


The typical duration for this full time programme is 2 years.

Entry requirements:

It is expected that you will have completed a relevant level 3 qualification before commencing this course.  You may be invited to an interview where appropriate.


English and Mathematics: Ideally you will have a GCSE grade C (4) or equivalent in both English and Mathematics. However, there are options of Higher Education students to complete these qualifications while studying on Higher Education courses at Wiltshire College.

English Language for non native speakers:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5: Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent


This qualification is set at level 4 (HNC) or level 5 (HND).

Study, assessment and qualifications

This course is taught over two days in college and you are expected to spend two days minimum in a setting per week while you are a student.

Although the study element of this course is taught at Wiltshire College, you will be able to access learning and support facilities on the college’s internal online platform (eStudy) and you will benefit from the resources designed by Pearson that can be found on the HNGlobal website.

A college Tutor will be assigned to support your portfolio triangulating the elements studied at college, embedding and supporting End Point Assessment (EPA) requirements and supporting the identification of additional evidence within the work place.

You will have assessments to complete throughout the course.  These assessments are coursework based and you will create a portfolio of evidence.  You will submit your work using an online platform that will check for plagiarism.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve either an HNC or an HND in Social and Community Work, accredited by Pearson.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme via UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £5,300 per year.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is 005L.

You should also budget to cover the costs of books and additional study materials.

The college's Health and Life Sciences department also runs an international study trip during the year.  This usually takes place in February or March and you will be invited to take part on this trip.  There is an additional cost if you would like to participate on this trip which is usually £350.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

Higher National qualifications open further study and career opportunities.

For more details, please visit either the HNGlobal website or search for your qualification here.

After completion of your course, you will have the opportunity to enter employment or progress to further study such as BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Social Work, BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.  For more details, see the course specification for progression routes.