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


This is an exciting programme potentially leading to further study at HNC level. The course will be classroom based and online. 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 why it is important to meet needs, theories around behaviour and society.
Considerable time will be spent learning through our website, and additional time will be needed to study outwith the college hours.
Students who have a supportive network around them tend to achieve more success on these courses where the ability to devote the time needed to study is a must.
You will be doing a lot of independent research onlineas well as written work.




Two/three days per week

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.

Additional Entry Requirements

  • All applicants should ensure they have completed the application form accurately with a supporting statement of no less than 250 words.
  • 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.
  • This is a demanding course and you must have the capacity to attend 100% and commit time to studying outwith college hours

Information and Interview Session Requirements

  • Applicantsmust respondto the information and interview sessioninvitation ?your appointment may be offered to someone else ifyou do not. This interview may be via Teams or phone.
  • You should also be prepared to discuss and give your opinion on the following:
    • Strengths and weaknesses.
    • Skills you have that would be useful during the course of study.
    • Your understanding of current social issues.
    • Your understanding of the current key issues in care
    • "Is it better to support people to remain independent in their own home?"
  • All learners on a programme who wish to continue on to a further programme must be able to obtain a positive progressing learner reference

Course Content

Psychology, sociology, values and principles, resilience, understanding mental illness, social services, and core skills are embedded in the programme


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 additional qualifications and experience to gain a place in HNC Social Services or HNC Care & Administrative Practice.

Career Prospects

Working in the care sector, potentially looking to study on our Health and Social Care Practice course, 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 already have experience of working in care but want to see if you can gain the qualifications to aid promotion then this is the course for you.