Care Higher

What is special about this course?

The main purpose of the course is to enable learners to understand and explain why people use care services, and to develop the knowledge and value base required for working in contemporary care practice in settings such as health and social care.

Entry requirements

The candidate would normally be expected to have achieved 4 passes at national 5, one of which should be English.  Non-traditional qualifications will also be considered

There are 3 units, which make up the Higher Care as well as a final exam. These units are:

  • Care: Human Development and Behaviour
  • Care: Social Influences
  • Care: Values and Principles

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will study by way of class-room based lectures and tutorials in College and by using on-line (VLE) support materials. 

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    This course can lead to entry on the following vocational courses: NC Health and Social Care/SVQ 2 Social Services and Health Care, which in turn could lead to employment in health and social care areas.

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    I want to start in 2023/24

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI 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.