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 will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a health care environment. It  will increase your understanding of a variety of care contexts and service users to effectively prepare you for further study or employment, as well as providing a work placement opportunity which integrates practice and theory.

The course 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 roles in the private and voluntary sectors. This course also provides a progression route to Adult and Mental Health Nursing training.

What you will experience

This course covers a broad range of subjects relating to the principles and practice of care. You will learn about HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, infection prevention and caring for those with dementia. You will also explore human biology, anatomy, sociology and psychology for care, and complete Higher Human Biology and Higher Care qualifications addition to the NC.

Important skills in literacy and numeracy are developed throughout, and the work placement - set in a range of health and social care settings, where health care professionals visit on a regular basis - will provide you with valuable hands-on experience, acting as excellent preparation for progression.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area

Entry requirements

Applicants should have one Higher at Grade C or above in addition to three National 5, Intermediate 2 (Grade B or above) or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications - one of which should be a science, ideally Biology. A genuine interest in working with people and good communication skills are essential.

Evidence of a minimum of 40 hours volunteering or a placement within a care environment is also required. A genuine aptitude for working with people and good communication skills are essential.

A clear disclosure or ability to gain membership of the PVG scheme in respect of Regulated Work with Children will be required prior to placement allocation. Please note that your membership will be organised by the College.

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


Aberdeen City 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

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.