Prepare to Work in Health and Social Care (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5


This is a newly added programme which will help you to prepare for further study or employment in the health and social care sector.  It will provide the opportunity to integrate theory with practice in a modern simulated environment for some of your time and online live lessons via Teams for the rest of the time.

You will be attending the majority of your theory lessons live online through Teams and you will be given the opportunity to develop your practical skills in our Care Hub flat.

It is likely you will be attending lessons face to face for a half-day and one and a half days online.

You must be able to cope physically and mentally with the demands of this level of study. Much of this is independent and practical learning as in the future you may be supporting people who may be at a vulnerable time in their lives who must have their needs met.


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You must be able to attend and engage 100% of the time online and face to face. Any future employers would expect a certain standard of behaviour and engagement in work – and we need you to demonstrate at all times that you are suitable for working in the care sector in the future.

Entry Requirements

Think carefully before applying, have you got the time and motivation to study? Is care the right course for you? Look carefully at your progression routes and what qualifications you may need in the future – or what age you may need to be before you can work in the sector.

Could you be good at learning and working online? Remember only a little bit of the course is face to face.

You must be eligible to join the PVG scheme (criminal record check)

You must be reliable and physically and mentally capable of supporting others

You must have five full awards at N4 level including English and Maths

Make sure your application personal statement is no less than 150 words and is relevant to the course and your future career aims.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Prepare for the interview – you’ll be asked questions about your chosen career.  Have you the time to study 3 days a week? Really think about this, your decision shouldn’t be last minute, or just for something to do.  We really want people who want to do this as a career.  

You may also be asked this question:

‘Is it always better to be cared for at home?’  It shows you’ve read all about the course if you are well prepared to answer this at interview – and yes you can write your answer down and read it out at interview!  We like students who are well prepared. 

Please ensure prior to interview you have looked at the following web pages, you may be questioned about this at interview:

Course Content

Critical Skills in our Care Hub

Skills for Work Health Sector at National 5

Prevention of Infection

Healthy Eating

First Aid

Core Skills


Observation of practical, reflection on practice, essays, closed book assessments


This programme is intended for you to progress to work in the sector or study further you may be able to apply for the SCQF level 6 Health and Social Care Theory programme.  

Career Prospects

Working in the health and social care sector.

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’ve no experience so cannot easily get a job in the sector, then this course will give you the introduction to the experience and skills that you need. If you already have experience of working in care but want to see if you can gain the qualifications to aid academic progression then this may be the course for you.