Health and Social Studies

Health and Social Studies

Build your future and advance your career with the skills to get ahead when you study for a qualification in Health and Social Studies

What is Health and Social Studies?

The health and social care industry is a fulfilling and rewarding career which is responsible for caring for individuals in a range of settings. Playing a key role in patients’ lives, health and social care workers assist with their needs and giving them the best quality of life they can offer. With the industry undertaking changes due to Covid-19, the care sectors are facing new challenges, however this has also increased more employment opportunity with NHS Scotland employing over 150,000 people in 2021. This has been the highest number of medical consultants, qualified nurse and allied health professional employed throughout the country.

Dumfries and Galloway College offers you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge with a qualification in health and social studies. As a student, you will learn the theory behind the practical skills needed to thrive in your chosen career path, as well as gaining hands on experience with many of the courses available. With our diverse range of courses including Awareness of Dementia or a pathway towards university with Nursing (SWAP) (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6, we have options for all skill levels.

Many of our courses offer exciting placements to put your knowledge into practice, giving you the best opportunity to get one step ahead into a future career within the health and social care industry.


Career paths with a qualification in Health and Social Studies

  • Social workers – are caring individuals who support vulnerable people and safeguard them from harm. They work closely with communities and other health professionals to determine what is the best course of action for a person. It can often be a challenging role for social workers as they need to be patient and have the confidence to make tough decisions. Average starting wage £24,000-£30,000
  • Healthcare Assistant – also known as Nurse Assistants, take care of patients on a day-to-day basis making sure they are comfortable. They are very patient people who understand and are sensitive to patients with medical problems. Healthcare Assistants can help feed, wash, dress and take blood samples of individuals for doctors and nurses. They could work in hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries. Average starting salary between £18,000 - £19,000
  • Emergency Care Assistant – assist and provide patients with lifesaving care, supporting paramedics. They often drive ambulances safely with speed to attend accidents and emergencies. Emergency Care Assistants work well under pressure and remain calm. They will be able to record and write reports of any incidents that may occur. Average starting salary between £20,000 and £21,000
  • Adult Nurse – care for patients who are suffering from any illnesses or conditions. They support individuals with dependable care and are often the main point of contact for them. They have a lot of knowledge about the human body and illnesses using their academic knowledge along with their experience to confidently make decisions and explain to individuals what action needs to be taken. Average starting salary between £25,000- £26,000

For more information from National Careers  & NHS health careers

Why study Health and Social Studies at Dumfries & Galloway College?

Get one step ahead and build your future with Dumfries and Galloway College – the leading provider of education and training in southwest Scotland. Here’s why you should study with us:

Pass Rate

We're the number 1 college in Scotland for Higher Education student pass rate based on our performance indicators.

Based on our performance indicators for the academic year 2019/20 - 82.3% of our higher national students passed.

Pass Rate

Student Satisfaction

We're in the top 2 of 26 colleges in Scotland for further education in student satisfaction with 97% Students Satisfied 

We're in the top 4 of 26 of colleges in Scotland for higher education in student satisfaction with 94% Students Satisfied 

Based on the 2018/19 academic year Student Satisfaction and Engagement survey conducted by the Scottish Funding Council.

Student Satisfaction

Positive Destination

Over 9 in 10 of our students move to a positive destination into further study or employment. 

Based on our performance indicators.

Positive Destination

Pathway to University

Our students successfully completing an HNC or HND program can continue their education journey and move on to further study towards a degree with a UK university.

Pathway to University

Our Learning Environment

Dumfries and Galloway College offer the chance to succeed and develop your skills in an environment suitable for thriving in your qualification. As a student, you will have support from our qualified staff to expand and explore your knowledge and skills while learning how to care for people. Dumfries and Galloway College will you an education that will help you succeed in the future – whether that’s further education or employment.

Our state-of-the-art digital care hub also acts as an invaluable teaching tool for students, giving you the opportunity to experience a real life care setting with our simulated care flat – featuring top of the range modifications you would expect to see in a care setting. This helps students to learn practical skills in a safe environment before heading out to placement.

Read more about our Digital Care Hub


Our course options:

Browse our range of computer courses. Choose the course for you and click through to find out more and apply:

*Courses listed above are available as at time of publishing. Availability is subject to demand and some courses may stop accepting applications or be withdrawn at any time.