Prepare to Work in Health and Social Care (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5


This programme is designed to lead directly from College to employment or to gain sufficient qualifications which will lead to a level 6 programme in this area the following year.  It aims to prepare you for a career in Health and Social Care in by providing some practical work in our Care Hub and some theory work.  

You will be attending the majority of your theory lessons live online through Teams and you will be given the opportunity to develop your practical skills in our Care Hub flat.   


It is likely you will be attending lessons face to face one day and online live lessons the second day. 


You must be able to cope physically and mentally with the demands of this level of study.  You should be a caring, reliable and compassionate person with exemplary behaviour.

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You must be able to attend and engage 100% of the time online and face to face. Any future employers would expect a certain standard of behaviour and engagement in work – and we need you to demonstrate at all times that you are suitable for working in the care sector in the future.

Entry Requirements

You must be eligible to join the PVG scheme and must not be barred or under consideration for listing (criminal record check).  

You must be reliable and physically and mentally capable of supporting others. 

You must have five full awards at N4 level including English and Maths 

Those who have not got the academic entry criteria must be able to demonstrate that they are capable of writing at the right level in the Supporting Information questions, and by performing well at interview.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

For this course we will not be routinely offering interviews. Please ensure you complete your application and supporting information with as much information as possible to allow us to make a decision on your suitability for a place on the course. 

We may contact you by phone if we have further questions.

Course Content

Practical skills in our Care Hub 

Skills for Work Health Sector at National 5 

Prevention of Infection 

Healthy Eating 

First Aid 

Core Skills


Observation of practical, reflection on practice, essays, closed book assessments


This programme is intended for you to progress to work in the sector or study further you may be able to apply for the SCQF level 6 Health and Social Care Theory programme.  

Career Prospects

Working in the health and social care sector.

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

If you’ve no experience so cannot easily get a job in the sector, then this course will give you the introduction to the experience and skills that you need. If you already have experience of working in care but want to see if you can gain the qualifications to aid academic progression then this may be the course for you.