Health and Social Care National 5 & 6


19 Aug 2024


13 Jun 2025

The award includes units at SCQF Level 5 and 6 covering social care and health care for age range from children to older adults. Units include Care Principles and Practice, Working in a Health and Social Care Setting, Holistic Approaches to Child Health and Biology and core skills. Delivery of Biology units at SCQF Level 5 will also be included as preparation for the Higher Health Care/Access to Nursing courses. Students take part in workplace experience 1 day per week.

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Higher Skills for Work Health and Social Care SCQF Level 6 SQA units SCQF Level 5/6


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


Scottish Borders Campus

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Entry requirements

Health and Social Care National 5 or 2 National 5 awards, plus 2 National 4 awards including English. 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.

Progression opportunities

Successful students can progress to Higher Social Care, Higher Health including 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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