Child, Health and Social Care NC @ SCQF Level 5

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This is an exciting new course at Dumfries campus and is perfect for students who wish to consider their options prior to specialising in child, health or social care. 

Working in an early education and childcare setting or working in health and social care are both specialised fields. If you wish to pursue a career in either sector then this introductory course will give you a thorough foundation in subjects relevant to each area and offer you the ideal platform from which you can progress.

This course has been designed to provide an overview of each industry; early education and childcare and social care.  The course covers a wide subject range and is relevant to current industry requirements.  




This is a full time course(2/3 days per week). To complete the whole programme will take 36 weeks.

Entry Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirements are
    • You need to demonstrate a real interest and motivation towards undertaking this college programme AND
    • 5 National 4 qualifications (or equivalent) 2 of which must be at a B or above: 1 preferably English  OR Satisfactory attainment of an SCQF Level 4 course,   
    • You will also be required to take part in an interview ready to talk about a question you have prepared to discuss. (Details are given below)
    • You need to include your interest, reasons and enthusiasm for wanting to do this programme and any relevant work experience you have had in a written statement on your application.You need to be 16 years or above at the start of the course.
    • You need to have the capacity to attend all college based and online classes, with attendance where offered for work placement, 100% of the time.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have appropriate understanding and skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

A satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check may also be required to enable participation in potential work experience.

  • For progressing students successful completion of the previous course and a positive progressing learner reference 

Additional Entry Requirements

  • You will have an interview with college staff to determine your suitability for the programme.
  • You must demonstrate motivation and enthusiasm to come and undertake this college programme.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

The question you will be asked to discuss or write about is:

 'Why is it important for you to pursue this programme at college and what do you hope to achieve from it?'

Course Content

What you study will include:

  • care: human development and behaviour/social influences
  • care : values and principles
  • care: social influences
  • child development and health
  • maintaining safety in a care setting
  • Play in early education and childcare
  • families in modern society
  • child protection: an introduction
  • working with individuals with additional support needs
  • mental health issues: an introduction
  • Prevention of infection
  • Understanding loss and grief
  • First Aid: an introduction
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing
  • Essential Core Skills 
This course will be delivered using a blend of approaches such as online classes, college based classes as well as some directed self-study.

Th subject listed may be subject to change.


All aspects of this course are assessed using a range of different approaches, such as observations of practical activities, assignment projects, and building portfolios of evidence.


After you have successfully completed the whole course you might like to apply for our NC Early Education and Childcare course @ Level 6 or you may be eligible to apply for our Health and Social Care Practice Course @ Level 6 or our Health and Social Care Theory Course @level 6.  Please be aware that entry to the Health and Social Care Programmes at Level 6 have additional entry requirements. Please enquire before committing to this pathway.

Career Prospects

  • Employment,  or further study within the Child, Health or Social Care fields.
  • If exiting to employment further learning opportunities and qualifications can be gained through SVQ level 2 and SVQ 3 while continuing to work.

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

Ideal for individuals who are uncertain what career path in care they wish to take.
Expanding workforce in both sectors
Offers a potentially competitive edge on C.V.s and interviews when seeking to go straight into employment after course completion.
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