This course provides an introduction to all areas of the health and social care industry and is aimed at those who have yet to decide which area they wish to work in.

It offers a route to access nursing and social care courses at level 6. The units of study provide knowledge of the core values of the industry which apply to childcare, healthcare, and social care, as well as some specialised units such as mental health.


  • Working with others
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills 
  • One year full-time
  • National 5: Psychology units 
  • National 5 Care units
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Award 
  • Various optional units
  •  Loss and grief and First Aid 
  • The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course

One of the following:

  • Four National 4s
  • Completion of all units on another appropriate SCQF Level 4 course
  • Advanced Certificate: Health and Social Care (Access to Nursing and all Care HNCs)
  • National Certificate: Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 6
  • SVQ: Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 7
  • Support worker roles in social care
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • Personal statement