Health & Social Care (Social Care Route) SCQF Level 6

Building your understanding of health and social care topics in preparation for further study at HN level or direct entry in to the workplace.


Why take this course?

The aim of this course is to cover the essential knowledge and skills needed to progress into employment or further study in a range of social care settings.

Students will investigate who might need care intervention, why they might need it, what provision is available and the roles and responsibilities of a social care worker working with service users in different settings.

What you will experience

You will learn about human development and social influences, and develop a good understanding of mental health, mental illness and how to care for people with dementia.

The course also includes a work placement in a variety of care environments, which may include working with older adults, those with learning disabilities or service providers supporting special client groups, allowing you to gain valuable hands-on work experience.

In addition to the NC qualification, students will also complete Higher Sociology and Higher Care qualifications. The course also includes a work placement experience unit, and aims to further develop Core Skills.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area
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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 (including English). 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 an early years environment is also required.

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, 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 strong B2 score is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 170 is required in the Cambridge English: First exam.
  • A score of 5.5 is required for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).

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:


Careers in care include:

  • Auxiliary
  • Carer
  • 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.

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 2019. Please see below for your options.

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.