HNC / HND Social and Community Work (Integrated Health and Social Care) (full-time)
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Sep 2020
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Sep 2020
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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Trowbridge campus, the two year Higher National Certificate / Diploma (HNC / HND) in Social and Community Work (Integrated Health and Social Care) is aimed at adult students who wish to progress into or progress within careers in health and social care. 

Students from this course have progressed onto further study in nursing or job roles in midwifery, paramedic sciences, physiotherapy, substance misuse support, education and social work.

Students on this university level course are taught by well qualified tutors who have sector specific experience and knowledge.  Students also complete assessed placement hours in each academic year.

What will I learn?

The course covers key themes in Health and Social Care by linking theory to practice.

HNC Social and Community Work

During each year, students complete seven modules.  These modules cover topics such as:

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

Alongside your taught modules, students complete 225 hours working in placement or in a suitable work setting.

HND Social and Community Work

In the second year, students complete a further seven modules. These modules cover topics such as:

  • Contemporary Approaches to Disability
  • Building Relationships with Individuals in Marginalised Communities
  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults 
  • Developing Effective Helping Relationships

Alongside the taught modules, students complete a further 150 hours in placement or in a suitable work setting. 

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.  However, students with relavent work experience who do not have level 3 qualifications should also apply.  Students 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 also expected to spend two days minimum a week in a placement or suitable work setting.

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 workplace.

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 (Integrated Health and Social Care), 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 (£11,500 per year for international students).

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.