Child, Health & Social Care (Generic Route) SCQF Level 5

Introducing you to the skills and knowledge required for working in the health or social care professions.


Why take this course?

This course is primarily aimed at those who want to learn more about the health and social care sectors, and will explore the complexities of delivering effective care to a variety of service users.

The subjects covered will teach you about the expectations and values in different care roles, and the range of professions and opportunities that might be available in your chosen field.

Overall the course is an excellent introduction to health and social care, and acts as excellent preparation for progression towards further study or employment.

What you will experience

You will explore fundamental areas of child, health and social care – covering a range of important topics from sociology and families in modern society to mental health, the human body and psychology. You will also build essential skills in communication, IT and numeracy.

The course incorporates the National 5 Care award.

female with childcare book

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area

Entry requirements

Applicants should have four National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade General level (Grade 3 or above) qualifications, and two National 5 qualifications (including English) at Grade C or above.  Alternatively, applicants should have successfully completed a relevant course at SCQF Level 4.

Other qualifications and experience may be considered but the ability to work at SCQF Level 5 is essential.  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


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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
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

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