Health and Social Care Theory (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6


Most of your lessons will be live through Teams and through our online learning site. There will be occasions when you will be asked to come to college on set dates for workshops. A large percentage of students on this programme work, or have caring responsibilities

This is an exciting academic programme potentially leading to further study at HNC level. The majority of the course will be through live online lessons through Teams. Attention to detail, a thirst for learning, and a desire to work with older adults to enable independence will be essential for those who apply for this programme. You will gain insight into academic theories around behaviour and society alongside a sound understanding of the values and principles as well as legislation.

You will spend considerable time learning through our website, live online lessons and additional time will be needed to study out-with the college hours.

The ability to devote time needed to study is a must.

You will be doing a lot of independent research online and there is a considerable amount of written work which is also submitted online.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


100% attendance is expected, a majority of the learning is online and in person attendance only on set dates.

Entry Requirements

  • You must have 4 relevant National 5 level qualifications at B or above. Preference will be given to those whose qualifications include English and Maths. or
  • Experience of working in the care sector with a full SVQ2 in Care.
  • You should ensure you have completed the application form accurately.
  • 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 must demonstrate motivation and possess appropriate abilities and skills for this programme
  • This is a demanding and challenging course, and you must have the capacity to attend 100% and commit the time to studying during and out-with college hours.
  • If you are progressing from a current college course, you are still expected to meet the above entry criteria, have successful completion of your current course and a positive learner reference. We will also consider your attendance and engagement record.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Please fill out your application form and respond with your answers as fully as possible. Our decision on offering you a place will rely on the information given on this form.

If you are currently sitting a course at college or school qualifications your offer may be conditional on meeting the entry criteria above

Course Content

Human development and behaviour, social influences, English, numeracy, values and principles, resilience, understanding mental illness, social services are all on the programme. Your core skills will be embedded within the units you will study.


You will be assessed through essays, presentations, and closed book tests


Progression may be to employment in the health and social services sector, or you may have sufficient additional qualifications and experience to gain a place on an HNC programme, where securing a place is competitive.

If you intend to progress within the College, you must be able to obtain a positive progressing learner reference/ recommendation from your course tutor

Career Prospects

You should be applying for work within the care sector, or you may be eligible to apply for HNC level study.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

If you want to start academic study, but don’t quite meet the entry criteria for HNC level then this is a good starting point, particularly if you already hold SVQ2 level qualifications.

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