Higher Social Care


05 Sep 2022


23 Jun 2023

The award contains national courses at Higher level, including the Care Higher project. The range of subjects in the care field includes Psychology, Sociology in Care, Values and Principles in Care, Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness. Students will also study Communication, Numeracy and ICT. The Higher courses are also assessed by external assessment.

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Higher Qualifications at SCQF Level 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

National 5 Child, Health and Social Care and/or National 5/Higher Child, Health and Social Care. A minimum of 4 National 5 awards (Project pass A-C grade) or 4 Standard Grades at Credit level or 3 Intermediate 2 passes, to include English. Applicants may be required to complete a preparatory course as a condition of being placed on this course. 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

The course is suitable for applicants who wish to go directly into employment in the social care or community care field, e.g. Support Workers, Care Assistants. It is particularly relevant to the needs of adult returners and students who wish to progress to the HNC in Social Services.


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