Health & Social Care (Healthcare Route) SCQF Level 6

This course is specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.


Why take this course?

This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a health care environment. It will increase your understanding of a variety of care contexts and service users to effectively prepare you for further study or employment.

The course is a challenging and demanding programme which includes the study of a Higher qualification in addition to the NC. Throughout the course students can consider the range of employment options available upon successful completion, including Health Care Support Worker roles within the NHS, other statutory health care opportunities and roles in the private and voluntary sectors. This course also provides a progression route to Adult and Mental Health Nursing training.

What you will experience

This course covers a broad range of subjects relating to the principles and practice of care. You will learn about HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, infection prevention and caring for those with dementia. You will also explore human biology, anatomy, sociology and psychology for care and complete a Higher Care qualification in addition to the NC. You will also cover the following units: Physiology and Health and one other biological science Unit; Prevention of Infection and Working as a Team in a care Setting. Important skills in literacy and numeracy are developed throughout.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have one Higher at Grade C or above in addition to three National 5, Intermediate 2 (Grade B or above) or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications - one of which should be a science, ideally Biology. A genuine interest in working with people and good communication skills are essential.

Evidence of a minimum of 40 hours volunteering or a placement within a care environment is also required. 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 C1 score is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 173 is required in the Cambridge English: First exam.
  • A score of 6.0 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

Successful completion of this course will allow you to apply for Adult, Mental Health and Children's nursing at:


Common careers in care at this level include:

  • Auxiliary
  • Carer
  • Nurse
  • Support Worker

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.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.