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

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Health and social care


The programme is designed to lead directly from College to employment and aims to prepare you for a career in health and social Care. It will provide the opportunity to integrate theory with practice involving a significant placement with a service user group. Applicants who successfully complete this programme will gain an SVQ 2 in Health & Social Care as well as a National Progression Award in Re-ablement Management.

The programme includes a work placement in a care setting. A very current qualification in National Progression Award in Re-ablement makes this a very desirable exit level for learners seeking employment.

You must be able to cope with the demands of this level of study, much of which is independent and practical placement whilst also supporting people who may be at a vulnerable time in their lives.  Attendance is expected at 100% at both college/online and placement.




Attendance Pattern : One day in College and online, 2 days per week on placement all year.

Entry Requirements

  • You must be over 18 years old at the start of the programme to allow you to attend practical placement
  • There will be a requirement to become a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme)
  • You must be able to commit to 100% attendance at college and placement for the academic year
  • You must be physically and mentally capable of supporting individuals in a care setting
  • Progressing Students: Successful completion of the National 5 Care Programme with one B grade or above, and a positive tutor reference.  You must have had excellent attendance and engagement throughout your previous programme and no more than 2 reassessments.
  • Other applicants:  Four National 5 passes at B or above or equivalent qualifications
  • Applications from adult returners who have indicated an interest and aptitude for health and social care will also be considered for access to this programme.
  • For those who already possess any SVQ2 units in the care sector it may be possible to complete SVQ Level 3.
  • Applicants should be actively seeking work in the care sector as this can be used for placement
  • All applicants should ensure they have completed the application form accurately with a supporting statement of no less than 250 words.
  • Some units on the programme are entirely online and the pace set by your lecturer.


Additional Entry Requirements

  • All applicants will undergo an interview with a member of college staff to determine their suitability for the programme
  • All applicants must demonstrate motivation and possess appropriate abilities and skills to attend the programme they have chosen
  • All learners on a programme who wish to continue on to a further programme must be able to obtain a positive progressing learner reference along with other criteria set by the department


Information and Interview Session Requirements

  • Applicants must respond to the information and interview session invitation – their appointment may be offered to someone else if they do not. This interview may be held via Teams or phone. 
  • Applicants must bring evidence of their qualifications with them to prove they meet the entry criteria
  • All applicants must come to the information and interview session prepared to discuss the following topic:  ‘Is it always better to be cared for at home?’

Course Content

The programme may include the following units:

Ensure Your Own Actions Support the Care, Protection and Well-Being of Individuals, Health, Safety and Protection Issues in Care Settings, Working in Health and Social Care Settings, Caring for People with Dementia, Values and Principles: Communication, Information and Communication Technology, Numeracy, The Human Body, Promoting Re-ablement and Mental Health Issues: An Introduction.

The course content is subject to change.


You will be assessed through essays, presentations and closed book tests. In the workplace you will be assessed by observation followed by written reflective pieces.


Successful learners will for the most part be exiting from this programme to employment/promotion.  A full SVQ2 will allow registration with the SSSC.  The NPA is part of the recommended requirements for those working in support roles promoting independence in health and social services including the NHS. Some learners may wish to study the following year for Health and Social Care Theory at SCQF6.  Those who already hold the additional entry criteria for HNC programmes may be able to apply to those. 

Career Prospects

Students may wish to work in the care or health care sectors in a Support Worker role or equivalent.

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

On successful completion you will be able to register with the SSSC having gained the desired qualifications for health and social services work.  If you already work in the sector you may be able to use your work for placement and earn while you learn.
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