Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Social and Community Work

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Course summary

This Higher National Certificate (HNC) 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. About the course The HNC in Social and Community Work allows a varied approach to assessments and delivery that supports progression to a Level 5 HND which offers a specialism route and then progression to a Level 6 (such as a BA/BSc Honours top-up degree). We have strong links to progress within college as well as opportunities with other providers. Students on this course are required to undertake a placement in an individual setting 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. The delivery of units will be tailored to encourage students to share their own expertise with others and build on prior level 3 learning and work placement opportunities. 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. Assessments Course work, controlled assessments, case studies. There are no examinations. Bursaries We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2023 - 24 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - - for more information. Your progression and careers 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. Where can I work with this qualification? 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. Students generally progress to the Level 5 HND in Social and Community Work with many aiming towards an MA in Social Work.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For entry to our university-level courses, we expect applicants to be working (or to demonstrate competency) at Level 2 or above in English Language/Literacy and Mathematics/Numeracy. Generally, we accept GCSE passes in English Language and Mathematics at Grades 9 – 4 (formerly Grades A* - C). Experienced mature applicants (those aged 21 or above at the start of the course) with relevant professional or industrial experience and/or qualifications are very welcome to apply.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5An overall band score of 5.5; with no individual component less than 5.0.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8250 Year 1

Additional fee information

We are currently unable to consider applicants requiring a Student Visa (formerly called a Tier 4 Visa) to study in the United Kingdom. Applicants who are permanently resident outside the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar or Republic of Ireland are advised to contact the College before submitting an application. Any additional costs or fees are shown on the UCAS page for each individual course.
Social and Community Work at Nottingham College - UCAS