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SCQF Level 5

Health & Social Care

A course for thoughtful and considerate individuals who care about supporting others who may be vulnerable and in need of health and social care interventions, or those who wish to progress onto a career in nursing or social care/work.

SCQF Level 5

Health & Social Care

A course for thoughtful and considerate individuals who care about supporting others who may be vulnerable and in need of health and social care interventions, or those who wish to progress onto a career in nursing or social care/work.


SCQF Level 5


1 year


Aug 2024


  • Care


  • Fraserburgh Campus

Why take this course?

This course will provide students with a firm understanding of the expectations and values involved in health and social care roles. The course introduces a variety of care professions across statutory, voluntary and private settings. This will enable a better understanding of complexities of delivering effective care to a variety of service users.

Applicants should enjoy diverse group interaction and be mature enough to work on their own initiative. We look for individuals who are enthusiastic with a positive attitude to learning and can show commitment to this year-long course.

What you will experience

  • The values, principles, and legislations that underpin health and social care
  • Psychology and sociology
  • Mental health issues
  • Essential skills in communication

Key Facts

Everything you need to know before applying to this course.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of two National 5, Standard Grade Credit or Intermediate 2 qualifications at grade C or above, preferably including English
  • Alternatively applicants should have successfully completed a relevant course at SCQF Level 4
  • Other qualifications and experience may be considered, but the ability to work at SCQF Level 5 is essential as well as a genuine aptitude for working with people and good communication skills.

What you get

Health & Social Care (SCQF Level 5) units.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we will ask you to provide evidence of your English language skills as part of the application process. For this particular course, the English language requirements are:

  • A score of B2 is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 160 is required in the Cambridge English: First exam.
  • A score of 5.0 – 5.5 and higher is required for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).

How do I pay for this course?

If you are studying a full-time non-advanced course (below HNC level), you may be entitled to funding.

See your options here

Open Days

Open Days are a great way to find out more about this course and what it’s like to study at NESCol. You will see facilities, meet lecturers and get a feel for life as a student.

Our next Open Day will take place in winter 2024.

Do you need extra support?

NESCol can provide extra support to students who have additional support needs, including:

  • learning difficulties or disabilities
  • physical or sensory disabilities
  • mental health and wellbeing concerns
  • are care experienced or young carers

Find out more about how to access this support here

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

This course is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme. This means that you are required to have access to your own laptop computer, netbook or similar device in class each day that you are in college.

Find out more about BYOD here

This may be funded or part-funded by a bursary, if you are eligible to receive one.

Find out more about bursaries here


Whether you wish to progress in your studies or enter the world of work, North East Scotland College has excellent progression opportunities, with links to eight universities across Scotland and great relationships with industry employers.

Education at NESCol

On successful completion of this course, you may progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College:


Further study to HNC/D level may lead to university progression.


Successful completion of this course will give you the transferrable skills to seek employment, or after further study, careers in this sector might include the following types of role:

  • Carer
  • Charity Officer
  • Hospital Worker
  • Playworker

Student Stories


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You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the ‘Apply Online’ button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Fraserburgh Campus

  • Starts Aug 2024

  • Duration 1 year

  • Course Code RJMHC

Completed forms should be signed and returned to us at the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Full-time Application Form

Full-time Application Process

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.

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