HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C Infections SCQF Level 6

Explore the causes and effects of these infections, along with how to offer appropriate support and advice.


Why take this course?

This is an optional Unit in the National Certificate Group Award: Early Education and Childcare (Higher) - it is useful for people wishing to study a variety of other subjects, including health and social care, and can be studied on its own by those with a particular interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of issues related to HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis B and C infections. 

The Unit is accredited by the SQA and on completion you will gain 1 credit at Higher level (equivalent to SCQF Level 6). For further information on this course, please visit the SQA website.

Important information

Please note that although this course is mostly self-study, you will need to attend College for a one hour closed book assessment.

What you will experience

This course will explore the signs, symptoms and possible progression of each infection. You will also examine the effects of prejudice and discrimination on individuals who have these infections, and think about way of challenging this. Finally, you will investigate how people with the infection can use support services to promote their well-being.

Overall you will develop a good level of knowledge and understanding regarding the ways in which HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are spread, and how to prevent them spreading.


There are two assessed pieces of work that need to be completed.  One is a case study that you will need to submit to your tutor and the other is a one hour long written assessment that to needs to be invigilated.  We offer regular assessment sessions so whether it be daytime or evening you will find something suitable for you.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, with a basic level of tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications for this course, but you will benefit from work experience in a child, health or social care setting.  Completion of one of the following would also be an advantage:

  • Qualification(s) at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade at Credit level, or successful completion of a course or unit in care at Intermediate 2
  • Scottish Group Award at Intermediate 2 
  • SVQ or SVQ units at level 2 in a related subject

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by email but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. You must be able to study independently through the course materials.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £112.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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