Health and Social Care (Schools) SFW @ SCQF Level 6

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This is a challenging theory-based course where a considerable proportion of your learning is online. The course will help you develop an understanding of the skills, principles and qualities needed to work in the sector as well as legislation and protection issues, alongside supporting and enabling people to live independent lives. You should be interested in health and social care and planning a career in that sector.

You will need to be an organised and independent learner who can work with minimum direction as a considerable amount of the study will be online. For the Skills for Work Health and Social Care award you will be mostly learning online lessons and for a little of that time you will be participating in simulated practice and role play in our state of the art Care Hub.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Online attendance and in person when necessary is expected 100% of the time. You must be able to fit this in your timetable as an equal priority with school subjects.

Entry Requirements

You must be a school student from a school who is participating in our College Academy offering.

You must have passed four National 5 awards at C or above including English by August 2023.

You must be in 5th or 6th year at your school

You should fill in the application online as well as you possibly can

Please make sure to answer the Supporting Information Questions on the application form, with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course.

You should be interested in a future career in health and social care. You should be a keen reader and writer and prepared to spend additional study time out-with class time.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

For this course we will not be routinely offering interviews. Please ensure you complete your application and supporting information with as much information as possible to allow us to make a decision on your suitability for a place on the course.

We may contact you by phone if we have further questions.

Course Content

Mental health and mental illness, understanding dementia, legislation and policy, values and principles, protection and safeguarding, skills for employment

The content is subject to change


Essays, open book assignments, practical observation, reflective accounts


Learners may wish to progress to one of our full -time college programmes such as Health and Social Care Theory at SCQF6, or if they meet additional entry requirements, they may be looking at our range of HNC qualifications. Learners may also want a career in home care, or support services.

Career Prospects

Study in College (full time), home care worker, care home worker, health care support worker.

Additional funding information


Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson email

Selling Points

The Skills for Work Qualification allows candidates to research the wide range of career opportunities in health and social care, and to understand the skills and qualities needed.

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