This course offers you an opportunity to learn about the health and social care professions and the career paths are available in these areas. It allows you to begin your studies at SCQF Level 6 on a generic programme working towards Highers in care and psychology.

The course is designed to support you to work towards university entrance over one or two years and is designed to offer the widest range of learning experiences to suit you.

Towards the end of Semester 1 (December), you will be assessed based on an agreed set of criteria  which will determine the most appropriate progression route. This route will be either:

  • Access to Nursing Degrees studying Higher Care, Higher Psychology and Communication 4/Literacy 1 (equivalent to Higher English for university entrance) or access to Care HNCs

This course may allow some students to access the SWAP programme. This is dependent on eligibility criteria and will be discussed on an individual basis. This allows students to complete units only – and is dependent on a final tutor.

  • One year full-time
  • Higher Care or units
  • Care: values and principles
  • Care: human development and behaviour
  • Care: social influences
  • Dementia
  • Reablement
  • Psychology Higher or units
  • Biology
  • Placement experience
  • The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course

One of the following:

  • Four National 5s at Grade A or B, including English
  • National Certificate: Health and Social Care (including a pass at Grade A/B in the external Level 5 assessment)
  • Relevant industrial experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Social Services SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Care and Administrative Practice SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Working with Communities SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Social Sciences SCQF Level 7
  • Careers in health and social care settings
  • 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
  • PVG scheme membership (can be acquired through course)