Introduction to Child, Health and Social Care (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5


This course is perfect for students who wish to consider their options prior to specialising in child, health, or social care.  
Working in an early education and childcare setting or working in health and social care are both specialised fields. If you wish to pursue a career in either sector, then this introductory course will give you a thorough foundation in subjects relevant to each area and offer you the ideal platform from which you can progress. 

This course has been designed to provide an overview of each industry; early education and childcare and social care, as well as prepare you for employment and/ or further study. 

 The course covers a wide subject range and is relevant to current industry requirements.

Course code






This is a full-time course and requires you to attend 2.5 days per week. To complete the whole programme will take 36 weeks. 

You must be able to attend and engage 100% of the time face to face in college, and when online classes are introduced. There may be opportunity to offer an introduction to work experience (subject to change) at one of our placement providers who are likely to be your future employers. You are a representative of the college when you are there.

Entry Requirements

  • You need to demonstrate a real interest and motivation towards undertaking this college programme AND 
  • 5 National 4 qualifications (or equivalent) one must be English, one must be maths or numeracy, 
  • OR Satisfactory attainment of an SCQF Level 4 full time course at a further education college.  
  • Satisfactory written task
  • You need to have the capacity to attend all college based and online classes, with attendance when offered for work placement, 100% of the time. 
Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have appropriate understanding and skills to meet the academic demands of the course. 

Please make sure to answer the Supporting Information Questions on the application form, with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course. 

A satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check may also be required to enable participation in potential work experience. 

  • For progressing students’ successful completion of the previous course and a positive progressing learner reference

Information and Interview Session Requirements

You may be asked to attend an interview. This may be face to face, or online through TEAMS or by phone. 
This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.  

  • Prepare for your interview. You will be asked questions about why you have chosen this course and why it will help you in your career pathway. 
The question you will be asked to discuss or write about is: 

'Why is it important for you to pursue this course in child, health, and social care at college and what do you hope to achieve from it '  It shows you will have read about the course and if you are well prepared to answer this at interview. You can write your answer down and read it out at interview, we like students who are well prepared. 

Please ensure prior to interview you have looked at the following web page, you may be questioned about this at interview

Course Content

This course will enable you to study key subjects across child, health and social care areas such as: Human Development and Behaviour, Play, Understanding Mental Health, Psychology the Individual in the Social Context, Introduction to First Aid, Essential Skills such as Communication, ICT, Employability Skills, Study skills. 

This course will be delivered using a blend of approaches such as online classes, college-based classes as well as directed self-study. 
The subjects listed may be subject to change.


All aspects of this course are assessed using a range of different approaches, such as observations of practical activities, assignment projects, and building portfolios of evidence and closed book assessments.


After you have successfully completed the whole course, you might like to apply for our NC Early Education and Childcare course @ Level 6 or you may be eligible to apply for our Health and Social Care Practice Course @ Level 6 or our Health and Social Care Theory Course @level 6. Please be aware that entry to the Health and Social Care Programmes at Level 6 have additional entry requirements. Please enquire before committing to this pathway.

Career Prospects

  • Employment, or further study within the Child, Health, or Social Care fields. 
  • If exiting to employment further learning opportunities and qualifications can be gained through SVQ level 2 and SVQ 3 while continuing to work. 

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

Ideal for individuals who are uncertain what career path in care they wish to take. 
Expanding workforce in both sectors 
Offers a potentially competitive edge on CVs and interviews when seeking to go straight into employment after course completion.