Men into Care (NPA Social Services & Healthcare) NPA

What is special about this course?

This course is 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 this college is 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 and wellbeing in Social Services
  • Human development and social influences
  • Research in care
  • Experiencing college
  • Presenting information

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

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 to fit around 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 will take place in 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?

10 Weeks

Evenings 6.30 – 8.30 plus online study

Where can I study my course?

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 read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact 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.

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.

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