Health & Social Care (Healthcare Route) SCQF Level 6

This course is specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.


Why take this course?

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a health care environment. The course will increase your understanding of a variety of care contexts and service users in order to effectively prepare you for further study or employment, as well as providing a work placement opportunity which integrates practice and theory. It is a challenging and demanding programme which includes the study of two Higher qualifications.  

Throughout the course students can consider the range of employment options available upon successful completion, including Health Care Support Worker roles within the NHS, other statutory health care opportunities and various roles in the private and voluntary sectors. This course also provides a progression route to nursing training.

What you will experience

This course covers a broad range of subjects, providing you with an in-depth understanding of the principles and practice of care. You will learn about HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the prevention of infection and how to care for those with dementia. You will also explore biology and anatomy, as well as sociology and psychology for care.

Throughout the course you will develop important skills in literacy and numeracy, whilst completing Care and Psychology Highers. The work placement will allow you to gain valuable hands-on experience in preparation for further study or employment.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area
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Entry requirements

Applicants must have one Higher qualification at Grade C or above. In addition, applicants should have successfully completed an appropriate course at SCQF Level 5, or have three National 5 (grade B or above), Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications – one of which should be a science, ideally Biology.

A genuine aptitude for working with people and good communication skills are essential.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College:


Common careers in care at this level include:

  • Auxiliary
  • Carer
  • Nurse
  • Support Worker

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, which started in August 2017. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2017
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.