Into Care (NPA Social Services & Healthcare) SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Our new "Into Care" course is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service users to increase the number of care workers in the local area. Due to the increasing number of people living longer there is a greater need for care workers to help support these individuals in daily living, and personal care.

The Scottish Government, NHS and many service providers have recognised this gap in service provision. We are keen to encourage participation in this course, to help satisfy this demand.

This course will allow you to develop your 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 you for the possibility of taking your learning to a higher level by progressing to NC and HNC courses should you wish to further your skills (additional qualifications required).

Entry requirements

Interest in working in social services and healthcare. Applicants should be at ease with study at National 5 level or equivalent.


  • 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 


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

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

Anytime online study.

How long will my course last?

10 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    Project based research portfolio.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

This course is flexible with no fixed start date.


For this academic year (2022-23), funding is available to cover the full course fee. 


For this academic year (2022-23), funding is available to cover the full course fee.

Additional costs

For this academic year (2022-23), funding is available to cover the full course fee.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression from this course could include NC Health & Social Care, Access to Nursing and HNC Social Services with additional qualifications. 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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I want to study in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.