Child, Health & Social Care (Healthcare Route) SCQF Level 5

Introducing you to the skills and knowledge required for working in the healthcare profession.


Why take this course?

This course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in health care, and will provide students with a firm understanding of the expectations and values involved in care roles, including nursing.

The course introduces a variety of care professions across statutory, voluntary and private settings, and will enable you to better understand the complexities of delivering effective care to a variety of service users. The course will prepare students to successfully progress towards further study or employment.

What you will experience

This course covers a range of different subjects to develop your understanding in fundamental areas of child, health and social care. You will be introduced to mental health issues and learn about the human body, sociology and psychology, and build essential skills in communication. The course covers Core Skills in IT, Numeracy and Literacy.

The course incorporates the National 5 Care award.

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have four National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade General level (Grade 3 or above) qualifications, and two National 5 qualifications (including English) at Grade C or above.

Alternatively, applicants should have successfully completed a relevant course at SCQF Level 4. Other qualifications and experience may be considered but the ability to work at SCQF Level 5 is essential.

A genuine aptitude for working with people and good communication skills are essential.

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 score of B2 is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 160 is required in the Cambridge English: First exam.
  • A score of 5.0 – 5.5 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


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College: 

At University

If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing your NC, you may want to then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course.


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


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