HNC (SCQF Level 7)


3 days in College (plus placement)


  • Care


  • Aberdeen City Campus

Why take this course?

The purpose of this course is to prepare our future healthcare professionals to thrive within today’s health and social care services. You shall be  provided with the skills, knowledge and critical ability to provide person-centered care. Overall, you will mainly work with people over the age of 16 years old.  You will work with individuals, families and communities to promote health and wellbeing, prevention of ill health and enabling people to maintain and improve their mental and physical health. You will be expected to support individuals through all stages of the life cycle including end of life and palliative care. 

As a student, you will have to undertake 720 hours of placement practice. This may include day shift, night shift and weekends.  Your placements will be over a scope of nursing areas such as, adult, mental health, communities and learning disabilities. Please note: there are no specific children and midwifery placements (albeit you may work with the Midwives and Health Visitors within the GP practices and community areas)  

This course is delivered in association with RGU, Napier University and NHSG. NESCol has a strong partnership with RGU, Napier and NHSG and as such, this course is subject to a tri-party interview process.

What you will experience

  • Clinical Skills for Care Practitioners: Clinical skills such as basic observations, injection techniques and wound care which prepares you for practical at placement
  • Graded Unit: A project in the form of an investigation, which is used to assess the application of all your knowledge and skills gained during your HNC 
  • Human Body in Health and Illness: Gives you an understanding of the human body and how it functions
  • Mental Health and Mental Illness: Investigate prevalence of MH and gain an understanding of different types of illness
  • Professional Standards for Care Practice: Insight into your values and investigates NMC codes
  • Safe Working Practice for Care: Examines legislation and relevance in nursing
  • Sociology and Health in Scotland: Explores societies impact on health decision people make and learn about sociological theories
  • Therapeutic Relationships: Helps you understand about communication and the importance of this, help you understand the link between your client and psychological theory
  • Understanding Personal and Professional Development: Enables you to be more reflective and resilient.