Health and Social Care - National 5 FT


21 Aug 2023


14 Jun 2024

Students study a wide range of general care issues such as sociology and psychology, values and principles in care, and prevention of infection. Students will study Core Skills including Communication and Numeracy. You will also spend one day a week in a care placement.

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SQA Units at SCQF Level 5


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

Care Passport National 4, or a minimum of 4 National 4 awards at Pass grade plus 1 pass at National 5, or 4 Standard Grades at General grade 3 or equivalent Intermediate 1 passes, to include 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 Health and Social Care National 5/Higher and/or Higher Social Care, Higher Health Care, NC Early Education and Childcare courses, depending on overall performance during the course. Career opportunities in the social, health and child care fields, e.g. as a Care Assistant or Playgroup Assistant.


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