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

The course offers an introduction to the different sectors within health and social care.


Why take this course?

This course is primarily aimed at those who want to explore different social care environments. Opportunities within the course will enable students to develop essential knowledge, understanding and transferable skills in the fields of child, health and social care.

The course offers an introduction to the different care provision within the sector, acting as excellent preparation for progression towards further study or employment.

What you will experience

This course will explore a range of important topics including sociology and human development, values and principles in care, families in modern society and mental health issues. It also develops Core Skills in IT, Communication and Numeracy. 

The course covers the NC Child, Health & Social Care at Level 5 as well as a National 5 Care qualification.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have four National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade General level (Grade 3 or above) qualifications, and two National 5 qualification (including English) at Grade C or above.

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

A genuine interest in working with people and good communication skills are essential.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we will ask you to provide evidence of your English language skills as part of the application process. For this particular course, the English language requirements are:

  • A score of B2 is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 160 is required in the Cambridge English: First exam.
  • A score of 5.0 – 5.5 and higher is required for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).

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