Health and Social Care HNC


​Course Content​

The programme is aimed at a range of people who have a commitment to both gain an understanding of health and social care activities and are considering pursuing a career within these sectors. The course has been designed around the following themes: People, Values, Ethics and Equal Opportunities, Change, Law, Regulation and Guidance and Social Processes and these themes appear in all aspects of the course. 

The course has been designed on a modular basis. The 12 modules are as follows:

  • Social Policy
  • Equality & Diversity and Difference
  • Legislation
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Working with Adults
  • Working with Children
  • Current Issues in Health & Social Care
  • Risk Assessment
  • Social Aspects of Health
  • Psychological Aspects of Health
  • Evaluating Quality​

Career Potential

The course aims to provide a stepping stone towards further academic qualification, including professional qualifications, and/or a future career within the health and social care sector. Successful HNC students may progress to the HND and subsequently to year three of the BSc (Hons) Heath and Social Care.


Three GCSE passes to include English and one of the following:

  • Access to Higher Education
  • BTEC Early Years
  • BTEC Health Studies National Diploma
  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in caring or other related area
  • Edexcel Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate field of study or AVCE
  • Institute of Welfare Certificate/Diploma
  • At least one A level pass in an appropriate subject
  • CACHE Diploma
  • At least two AS levels in appropriate subjects.

Students without these formal qualifications but who have relevant experience are actively encouraged to apply.

Key Facts

Campus: Llandaff

NB. This course is also franchised to Ystrad Mynach College which may be more convenient to students from that area.

School: Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length: Two years part-time

This course typically runs on a Wednesday during the Autumn term and on a Tuesday during the Spring and Summer terms but you are advised to contact the Programme Director for confirmation of this. 

A range of assessment methods is used which provide opportunities for learning as well as assessment. These include essays, reports, presentations, case study, personal profile and examination.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally on the basis of your previous qualifications and experience.

Entry Requirements​

Applicants should have 5 GCSEs to include English Language at grade C or above, plus one of the following:

  • 260 points from at least three A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BC, grade B in English or Media Studies

Key Facts

For general enquiries please contact the UWIC Enquiry Team on 029 2041 6010 or

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, David Miller:
Tel: 029 2041 6810

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sc​iences Website