Child, Health & Social Care NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

Both working in an early education and childcare setting and working in health and social care are specialised fields. If you are looking to pursue a career in either sector then this introductory course will give you a thorough foundation in the subjects and offer you the perfect 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.  The course covers a wide subject range and is relevant to current industry requirements.  You will also learn about health and safety issues and first aid – knowledge and skills that will be of real value to prospective employers.

This course is now available across all our campuses through our networked delivery

Core Skills are an integral part of the course and you will study ICT, Numeracy and Communication. These will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying and will enable you to move on with confidence to your next educational step or place of employment.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least 3 Standard Grades at credit/general level / 3 National 4s or above / equivalent combination of both.

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. You will attend an interview.

All students will study the following units:

  • Values and Principles in Care
  • Human Development and Behaviour
  • Social Influences

Depending on the area you'd like to specialise in you will then choose optional units from:

  • Child care: child protection, care and feeding of children, supporting children with additional support needs, maintenance of a safe environment for children, working in early education and childcare.
  • Health care: healthy eating in a care setting, working with individuals in a care setting, prevention of infection, understanding loss and grief.
  • Social care: maintaining safety in a care setting, understanding the needs of the older person, working with individuals with additional support needs, contemporary families.




This course is now available across all our campuses through our networked delivery. Students are recommended to have a laptop, notepad and general stationery items like pens and pencils available for home use. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Online

Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning activity to fit around your work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis.  

Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers, students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning covers lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning

Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:
•    posting your idea in a discussion forum,
•    completing a quiz, 
•    practising a task, activity or idea
•    watching a video or reading,
•    discussing and working on a solution with another student,
•    researching and gathering information,
•    completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

Your connected learning activity will take place within an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students. We have ten college centres and there may be an option to study some of the time from your local centre. This will depend on social distancing limitations.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you’ve successfully completed the course you might like to consider our NC Early Education and Childcare at SCQF level 6 , our NC Health and Social Care level 6, other related courses or move directly into employment.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I knew I wanted to go in to some kind of social work but wasn’t sure what area would interest me or how I should start. I am so glad I did this course because you get to experience the different care sectors and now I know I want to work in social care rather than childcare. I am looking forward to coming back to study NC Health and Social Care.

Our lecturers are easy to talk to and have always been encouraging. Studying 3 days a week has allowed me to juggle work and study which is great –a great course!

Charlotte Alderson

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