Skills for Work National 5
Health Sector SCQF Level 5

Introducing you to human health and development, and essential values in care.


Why take this course?

This course will introduce you to essential care values, human health and development. You will study a range of units and develop industry-related good practice - excellent preparation for your progression towards further study or employment. During this course you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the importance of care values in working with people in a healthcare setting;
  • Gain an insight into human development and its value in working with people;
  • Develop an awareness of health and safety issues relevant to a range of activities;
  • Develop core and essential skills including communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Develop industry related good practice;
  • Be prepared for further learning opportunities, study and training opportunities in Health and Social Care.

What you will experience

The National 5 course is made up of the following four units:

  1. Working in the Health Sector
  2. Life Sciences Industry and the Health Sector
  3. Improving Health and Wellbeing
  4. Physiology of the Cardiovascular System

You will be taught by means of practical based activities and classroom based theory lessons in one of the North East Scotland College campuses by a College lecturer, or within your school. Study takes the form of individual research, group activities, practical activities, watching videos and through reviewing course hand-outs or textbooks provided by the College.

You will develop key interpersonal skills, as well as confidence when it comes to communication, organisation and planning. Throughout the course you will be offered an opportunity to review and identify how your skills and knowledge are developing, and will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Regular attendance and good timekeeping;
  • A professional attitude and an interest in healthcare;
  • A willingness and commitment to learning;
  • Planning, preparation and research skills;
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others;
  • Problem solving skills.

To achieve the full award you must attend regularly and successfully complete all units. Assessment will be based on tests and case studies, along with project work and a portfolio. The course will show on your final SQA certificate as a National 5 qualification.

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to always: 

  • Be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in the classroom. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you could consider Modern Apprenticeship opportunities or may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


If you would like to progress directly to work upon completion of your course, you could pursue a range of entry-level positions in the health and social care industry.

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


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.