Men into Care (NPA Social Services & Healthcare) NPA

What is special about this course?

West Highland College UHI will introduce a new "Men into Care" course designed to help male students develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service users to increase the number of male care workers in the local area.

Due to the increasing number of men living longer there is a greater need for male care workers to help support these individuals in daily living, and personal care. Many male service users have a preference for men to support them for these basic needs and in many cases this need can not, currently, be fully met.

Also many young male service users would prefer the support of men to allow them to socialise and develop life skills, that they may feel uncomfortable doing with female workers. There have been cases where male service users have had to move out of their local area in order to have this need met.

The Scottish Government, NHS and many service providers have recognised this gap in service provision which is why we, at West Highland College UHI, are keen to encourage male students to participate in this course, to help satisfy this demand.

This course will allow male students to develop their skills and knowledge in a number of care subjects and will prepare them for working with adults of all ages and various needs. It will also prepare students for the possibility of taking their learning to a higher level by progressing to NC and HNC courses should they wish to further their skills.

Entry requirements

  • Interest in working in social services and healthcare
  • Male
  • Social Services in Scotland
  • Communication in Care Relationships
  • Safeguarding People
  • Safe Practices & Wellbeing in Social Services
  • Human Development & Social Influences
  • Research in Care
  • Experiencing College
  • Presenting Information

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

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?

10 Weeks

Evenings 6.30 – 8.30 plus online study

Where can I study my course?

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

Start date

This course will run twice a year, starting in October and again in February.


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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression from this course will include NC Health & Social Care, Access to Nursing and HNC Social Services. Successful students already in employment could also undertake the SVQ2 Social Services Healthcare qualification to allow them to register as a practitioner with the SSSC.

Is there more information available online?

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