Health and Social Care SCQF 6 NQ

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 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 Health and Social 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 4 National 5s at C or above, one must be English.
  • If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this 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
  • Care: Human Development and Behaviour  
  • Care: Social Influences
  • Care: Values and Principles
  • Understanding of Mental Health/illness   Caring for People with Dementia
  • Health, Safety and Protection Issues
  • Working in Health and Social Care Settings
  • Social Services in Scotland
  • Health Promotion 
  • Embedded development of Core and Essential Skills


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  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?

one Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

Start date



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

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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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North, West and Hebrides. UHI North, West and Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.