Health and Social Care: NC

This course provides a broad understanding of the issues and practices of Health and Social Care. It is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in the caring professions, and provides progression to HN level study.  This is a two year programme which includes practical work experience in Year 2.


Entry Requirements

Level 5: Candidates should normally have relevant standard grades and/or Int 1 qualifications and an interest in the care sector.

Level 6: Candidates should have relevant Int 2 qualifications and/or prior experience in the care sector.

Entry will be by informal interview and written assessment. 

All candidates will be considered for levels 5 and 6 and will be allocated a class based on prior qualifications and experience, informal interview and written assessment.

Candidates who have few or no qualifications may wish to consider Pathways Social Science & Care to develop their core skills in preparation for this course.

Candidates who wish to follow the Health stream should have a minimum Standard Grade 3/Intermediate 1 in Biology


Course Content

Candidates will choose a Health or Social Care stream and study specialist units for HN progression. 

Level 5 units include: Sociology for Care; Values and Principles in Care; ICT; Communication; Maintaining Safety in a Care Setting; Social Services in Scotland; Psychology for Care; Mental Health Issues; Numeracy; Health Sector: Working in the Health Sector; Working with Communities; Equality and Diversity.

Level 6 units include: Sociology for Care; Values and Principles in Care; Communication; Working in Health and Social Care Settings; Stress and Stress Management; Psychology for Care; Development of Welfare Services; ICT; Numeracy; Caring for People with Dementia; Personal Development: Self Awareness.


1 academic year (per level)
August - June
Up to 16 hours

Can lead to:
HNC Health Care, HNC Social Care, HND Social Science.  Employment in public or private sector.

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