Health and Social Care SCQF 6 (study from anywhere) NC

What is special about this course?

Health and social care is provided in settings such as nursing homes, residential homes for the elderly, hospitals and resource centres for people with learning disabilities.

The demands for a skilled health and social care workforce are increasing.

This NC provides a range of topics both theoretical and practical related to working in this sector. You will investigate who needs care, what types of care are available and the responsibilities of a care worker.

Care workers must operate from a good ethical value base and so you will study the principles underpinning the National Care Standards. The programme will allow you to meet the professional standards required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills

Entry requirements

You should have at least 3 National 5s or NC Child, Health and Social Care or equivalent.

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. You are required to have a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check to enable participation in work placement. This will be provided as a mandatory part of your course.

We’ll be inviting you by email to attend course information sessions between now and the start of your course. We’d urge you to come along if at all possible.

Units may include:

  • care: human development and behaviour
  • care: social influences
  • care: values and principles
  • understanding of mental health/illness
  • caring for people with dementia
  • person centred approach to care
  • working as a team in care settings
  • support individuals in their daily living
  • social services in Scotland
  • communication in care relationships
  • safeguarding people
  • safe practice and well-being in social services
  • human development and social influences
  • embedded development of core and essential skills

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Online

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

Timetabled learning will take place in an online classroom where you connect and interact with your lecturer and classmates using with video, voice and text chat.  You will also complete regular and flexible personal study which most students choose to do from home.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

Start date

Late August/early September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


Students may qualify for bursary, EMA or childcare funding. Please contact your local college centre or Student Services for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you’ve successfully completed the course you might like to consider our HNC Social Services or other related courses, or move directly into employment.

Is there more information available online?

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After being out of education raising a family and working for my father's business for over 10 years, I decided to pursue the career that I've always wanted.  Being able to study locally without having to travel daily was important to me. I am a shy person, but my communication and technical abilities have improved. I have improved my time management and learned to juggle family life with college work. 

The course content is varied. I enjoyed the mental health unit and am now invested in learning and sharing more about mental health and mental health services. Stress and stress management has been an eye opener. Overall, the course has given us a great deal of knowledge and skills that will enable us to have the confidence and ability to find work within the health and social care sector. I'm almost finished my first year back studying. I have a goal in mind and I'm showing myself that I AM capable of juggling it all, and it's so rewarding. Don't doubt yourself. I plan to study HNC Social Services next. 

Amy Maclean

I chose to study NC Health and Social Care because it allowed me to focus on my studies and gain the confidence I needed to be successful in achieving the grades I was looking for. After completing the course, I was accepted to study Adult Nursing at Inverness UHI, where I am currently in my first year of my nursing degree. It was important for me to be based in Gairloch so that I could continue to work alongside my studies. The team at college were so welcoming and support was there when needed. I was able to combine my studies and work life by sticking to the timetable and allowing myself to have some down time. 

If I were to offer my advice to a current student it would be: don't study because you need to, study because once you know it, no one can take it away from you.  

Hannah Warren

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