Health Social and Child Studies SCQF 6 (Stornoway) NC

What is special about this course?

The aim of the course is to prepare students for progression from further education to higher education, employment and/or further training within Health, Social Care or Childcare. Students will develop a range of knowledge, skills and the understanding required to work in a variety of care settings.  Students will undertake a minimum of one week’s placement experience during the session*.  The college will ensure that all students become members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) prior to their placement experience.  *Dependent on current Covid-19 guidelines in health and social care settings.

Entry requirements

It is expected that candidates should have a minimum of four standard grades at 3 or above or four passes at National 4 or have successfully achieved Health Social and Child Studies Intermediate 2 course or National 5, including the external exam.

Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit this webpage


The course includes:

  • Care Higher
  • NC Health and Social Care level 6 award
  • SQA units specific to Health, Social and Childcare

The practical placement allows students to appreciate the qualities, attitudes and skills required before making a final commitment to a caring profession.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Face to face 

How long will my course last?

1 Year

36 weeks full time or longer part time.

Where can I study my course?

    • Stornoway

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course, students can progress on to further study at UHI Outer Hebrides:

  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • BA(Hons) Health and Social Studies
  • BA Child and Youth Studies
  • BSc Nursing
  • Employment
  • SVQs

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