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Course summary

The purpose of the Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D) in Social and Community Work course is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the social and community sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. These qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. The HNC/D qualifications in Social and Community Work are designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or progression to further higher education study. The HNC/D courses offer the following bespoke pathways in which a student can specialise within their field of interest, and are referenced against relevant UK National Occupational Standards for Social Work & Community Development: Community Development Integrated Health and Social Care Social and Community Work Practice Students will study the HNC (Level 4) course during the first year of study and upon successful completion of the HNC qualification students can progress on to the HND (Level 5) course during the second year of study. On successful completion of the HND qualification you may be eligible to progress into the second or third year of a nursing or health subject related degree at a University, enter or continue in employment, link with the appropriate professional body or commit to CPD (Continuing Professional Development). We offer smaller class sizes enabling supportive quality teaching and allows both one to one tuition and group work. This course has a competitive fee structure with flexible entry requirements based on your experience.


The HND course consists of 14 modules, totalling 240 credits, titled: Year 1: Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care Mental Health and Wellbeing: a Whole Person Approach For each pathway students are required to take an additional 3 modules which are to be confirmed. Year 2: Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person Centred Practice Investigating Innovative Approaches in Social and Community Work For each pathway students are required to take an additional 5 modules which are to be confirmed.

Assessment method

Assessment is through coursework and reflects not only what the student knows but, also, what they can do to succeed in employment and higher education in an ethical manner.

How to apply

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Sutton Coldfield College
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

BMet do not hold a Tier 4 sponsor licence with UK Visas and Immigration, therefore, we are unable to accept international students on our courses.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You are required to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English and Maths. We will accept Level 2 equivalences for English and Maths in place of GCSEs. A Level 2 Maths qualification is desirable but not essential. We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, portfolio of evidence or successful interview.

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Additional entry requirements

Admission tests


If you do not meet the entry requirements outlined you may be asked to attend for an interview with the Admissions Tutor.


You must be working in a social or community setting, in a voluntary or paid capacity, for at least two days per week. A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS).

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

If you do not hold a Level 2 English and/or Maths qualification you maybe required to undertake an initial assessment to ascertain your current literacy and/or numeracy levels and/or a free writing assessment.

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS Level 5.5 with no element below 5.0.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6000 Year 1
England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Channel Islands £6000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that the tuition fee stated is charged per year of study and we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X). BMet do not hold a Tier 4 sponsor licence with UK Visas and Immigration, therefore, we are unable to accept international students on our courses.
Social and Community Work at BMet (Birmingham Metropolitan College) - UCAS