Health and Social Care NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

Health and social care is provided in settings such as nursing homes, residential homes for the elderly, hospitals and resource centres for people with learning disabilities.

The demands for a skilled health and social care workforce are increasing.

This NC provides a range of topics both theoretical and practical related to working in this sector. You will investigate who needs care, what types of care are available and the responsibilities of a care worker.

Care workers must operate from a good ethical value base and so you will study the principles underpinning the National Care Standards. The programme will allow you to meet the professional standards required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 3 Standard Grades at credit level or 3 National 5s or above or NC Child, Health and Social Care.

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. You will attend an interview. You are required to have a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check to enable participation in work placement. This will be provided as a mandatory part of your course.

Units may include:

  • Care: Human Development & Behaviour
  • Care: Social Influences
  • Care: Values & Principles
  • Understanding of Mental Health & Mental Illness
  • Caring for People with Dementia
  • Health Promotion
  • Person Centred Approach to Care
  • Working as a Team in Care Settings
  • Developing Knowledge & Practice
  • Support Individuals in their Daily Living
  • Social Services in Scotland
  • Communication in Care Relationships
  • Safeguarding People
  • Safe Practice & Well-Being in Social Services
  • Human Development & Social Influences
  • 2 Week Work Placement
  • Core Skills Communication, Numeracy & ICT

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course is available in all of our college centres.

You will be part of a virtual classroom using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and web based virtual learning environments. You will have access to discussion forums, chat, online classroom and real time talk with your lecturer and fellow students.

Our experienced college centre staff will support you.

How long will my course last?

34 Week

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 contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

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

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.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may qualify for bursary, EMA or childcare funding. Please contact your local college centre or Student Services for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you’ve successfully completed the course you might like to consider our HNC Social Services or other related courses, or move directly into employment.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2020/21

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