Introduction to
Health & Social Care SCQF Level 4

Introducing you to the interpersonal skills needed to work within the care sector, with a specific focus on health and social care.


Why take this course?

This course will introduce you to the different areas and different people who use the services available in the health and social care sectors. It provides an important opportunity for students to develop soft skills and interpersonal skills within a care context. The course explores how critical it is to provide effective and efficient care.

What you will experience

You will learn about working in health and social care, focusing on key topics such as roles and responsibilities in the industry, improving health and wellbeing, accident prevention and emergency procedures and human development. You will also look at values and principles in care work and the life sciences industry, whilst developing fundamental skills in literacy, numeracy and IT.

The course also incorporates two Group Awards: National 4 Skills for Work Health Sector and National 4 Care.

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Key facts

Mode of study
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Entry requirements

Applicants should have three National 4, Standard Grade General or Intermediate 1 qualifications, ideally including English. Other qualifications and experience may be considered, but the ability to work at SCQF Level 4 is essential.

A genuine aptitude for working with people and good communication skills is very important.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we will ask you to provide evidence of your English language skills as part of the application process. For this particular course, the English language requirements are:

  • A strong B1 score is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 153 is required in the Cambridge English: Preliminary exam.
  • A score of 4.5 and higher is required for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).

What you need to know

Next steps


Careers in this sector might include the following types of role:

  • Carer
  • Charity Officer
  • Hospital Worker
  • Playworker

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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