Health and Social Care - SCQF 5 NQ

What is special about this course?

The health and social care professions include a broad range of jobs which aim to improve people's lives; working with clients, patients and their families, as well as with other professionals and organisations.  This course provides an introduction to the values, principles and practice of the caring professions.

This is a Category 1 PVG course. During the course you will have contact with vulnerable groups of people, therefore to successfully complete the course, you are required to be a member of the PVG Scheme. Further information will be provided to successful applicants. You can also visit the PVG scheme website for more information. 

Entry requirements

Three qualifications at National 4 or equivalent or successful completion of the NC Personal and Vocational Skills (Next Steps 2 Learning) course.

If you do not meet these requirements you will be invited to discuss your experience and qualifications with us.  Your application and interview will form part of the selection process.

For mature learners we ask for relevant experience.  A professional reference and written piece is required before interview.

You must be able to travel independently or make your own arrangements for travel.

Human development and social influences on care; values and principles in care; IT; numeracy and communication at National 5.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching; independent study

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may progress onto programmes related to the health and social care professions, for example, NC Health and Social Care or Access to Humanities

Work as a social care assistant may be open to you in a wide variety of settings, including working with vulnerable children and young people, adults with additional support needs, people with mental health issues or within domestic abuse.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.