Health, Social and Child Studies SQA Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course is designed for people who are interested in care work with adults and children and provides students with the skills and knowledge relevant to work in care environments. This course is designed to give an introduction to training for a career in the Health and Social Care sector.

It is aimed at school leavers or adult returners who have limited work experience in this area and few formal qualifications. Students will be encouraged to consider a wide range of career options after this course, both in Care and in other areas. Although the emphasis of the course is on providing Care training, students will be given the opportunity to consider all the career options available to them on completion of this course.


Entry requirements

  • The College encourages open access to all its courses.
  • Applications are particularly welcome from people who have some experience of caring for others but this is not essential.
  • A genuine interest in caring for others, a willingness to learn and a positive attitude could be regarded as an entry qualification.
  • School leavers should have a minimum of 3 Standard grades at Level 3 or above, or 3 passes at National 4 Level.

Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit this webpage.

This course consists of the Skills for Work: Health Sector Award, as well as the National 5 Care Award.


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course is full-time and requires the student to spend 36 weeks on course work.

One week is spent on placement.


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)

Start date




Please contact for further information on fees and funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Employment as care assistants in residential and community care.
  • Health Social and Child Studies level 6.
  • Prepare to Care level 6
  • Appropriate SVQs in Care.


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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. UHI Outer Hebrides 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.