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.

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills

Entry requirements

You should have at least 3 National 5s or NC Child, Health and Social Care or equivalent.

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 and behaviour
  • care: social influences
  • care: values and principles
  • understanding of mental health/illness
  • caring for people with dementia
  • person centred approach to care
  • working as a team in care settings
  • support individuals in their daily living
  • social services in Scotland
  • communication in care relationships
  • safeguarding people
  • safe practice and well-being in social services
  • human development and social influences
  • embedded development of core and essential skills
  • 2-week work placement

 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

Timetabled learning will take place in an online classroom where you connect and interact with your lecturer and classmates using with video, voice and text chat.  You will also complete regular and flexible personal study which most students choose to do from home.

Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone & camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.


How long will my course last?


34 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Late August/Early September

Fees

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 funding.whc@uhi.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

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.

Funding

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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What our students, graduates and staff say

After being out of education raising a family and working for my father's business for over 10 years, I decided to pursue the career that I've always wanted.  Being able to study locally without having to travel daily was important to me. I am a shy person, but my communication and technical abilities have improved. I have improved my time management and learned to juggle family life with college work. 

The course content is varied. I enjoyed the mental health unit and am now invested in learning and sharing more about mental health and mental health services. Stress and stress management has been an eye opener. Overall, the course has given us a great deal of knowledge and skills that will enable us to have the confidence and ability to find work within the health and social care sector. I'm almost finished my first year back studying. I have a goal in mind and I'm showing myself that I AM capable of juggling it all, and it's so rewarding. Don't doubt yourself. I plan to study HNC Social Services next. 

Amy Maclean

I chose to study NC Health and Social Care because it allowed me to focus on my studies and gain the confidence I needed to be successful in achieving the grades I was looking for. After completing the course, I was accepted to study Adult Nursing at Inverness UHI, where I am currently in my first year of my nursing degree. It was important for me to be based in Gairloch so that I could continue to work alongside my studies. The team at college were so welcoming and support was there when needed. I was able to combine my studies and work life by sticking to the timetable and allowing myself to have some down time. 

If I were to offer my advice to a current student it would be: don't study because you need to, study because once you know it, no one can take it away from you.  

Hannah Warren

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