Child, Health and Social Care - Higher


05 Sep 2022


23 Jun 2023

The award includes units at National 5 and Higher level covering social care, health care, and early education and childcare. Students also study first aid and core skills as well as taking part in workplace experience 1 day per week. Delivery of Biology units at SCQF Level 5 will also be included as preparation for the Higher Health Care/Access to Nursing courses.

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SQA Care Higher Group Award at SCQF Level 5/6


Full-time 36 week course, 3 days per week in College, 1 day per week on placement.


Scottish Borders Campus

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Entry requirements

Child, Health and Social Care National 5 or 2 National 5 awards (Project pass A-C grade), plus 2 National 4 awards at Pass grade (plus added value unit) or 2 Standard Grade passes at Credit level, to include English. Students who apply for this course without the above qualifications but with a high degree of motivation will be considered for entry. Students will also be required to complete a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) form. Applicants should be able to demonstrate values and principles relevant to working in care, such as kindness and empathy.Applicants who aspire to the Access to Nursing route will be required to complete this course where they have no previous Biology studies at National 5.

Progression opportunities

Successful students can progress to Higher Social Care, Higher Health Care/Access to Nursing or NC Early Education and Childcare courses. Career opportunities in the social, health and child care fields, e.g. as a Care Assistant or Playgroup Assistant.


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