NQ 6 Health & Social Care SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This National Qualification in Health and Social Care is most suitable for school leavers and mature students who are interested in caring for adults in a health or social care setting.

This stimulating course provides students with the opportunity to study subjects related to health and social care at Higher level. You will enjoy a mixed course of theory and practice both in college and in a placement to suit your chosen specialism.  Successful students will gain a qualification to work in care settings for adults.

The course is full time and commences in August.  Students will be required to attend college 3 days a week and 2 days in a social care or health care placement.

This course integrates care related modules with the SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare course.

Entry requirements

The candidate would normally be expected to have achieved 3 passes at national 5, one of which should be English.  Non-traditional qualifications will also be considered, in particular for students wishing to take the vocational route.

Acceptance on the above courses will be subject to interview, satisfactory references and provision of PVG.

This course integrates care related modules with the SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare course.

In Semester 1, units include:

  • First Aid at Work
  • Practical Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Caring for People with Dementia
  • Working as a Team
  • Communications (Core Skills)
  • Numeracy (Core Skills)

In Semester 2, units include:

  • ICT (Core Skills)
  • Communicate and Complete Records for Individuals
  • Support the Health and Safety of Yourself and Individuals
  • Develop Your Knowledge and Practice
  • Ensure Your Actions Support the Care, Protection and Well-being of Individuals
  • Two further optional units from the SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare Framework

Optional units will be selected according to the client group the student is working with.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

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    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.


    Funding Support may be available.  Please ask for information on enquiry.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    There are many job and career opportunities in social care employment in public, private and voluntary agencies working with various service user groups.

    Successful students will gain a qualification that is registerable with SSSC for working with adults.

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