Health & Social Care Essentials (SVQ Level 2) SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course is ideal if you are looking to develop a broad base of skills in health and social care. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities.

The programme has been designed to allow flexible learning to support a work/life balance of students and recognise wider achievement. 
Special features:

  • You will learn underpinning knowledge required to work in a variety of care settings.
  • You will be able to apply knowledge to care scenarios through case studies.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake a SVQ Level 2 qualification in a care setting that will enable registration with the SSSC.

SVQ Level 2 Assessed in the workplace.

Entry requirements

  • You should be employed or volunteering in a role where you are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which will allow you to gather the required evidence to achieve the SVQ Level 2 qualification.
  • You should already have a valid PVG Scheme membership through your workplace/placement before commencing this course.

Course content includes:

  • Care: Values and Principles
  • Understanding Loss and Grief
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Mental Health Issues: An Introduction
  • SVQ Level 2 Social Services & Healthcare

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Work based

You will study through a combination of face-to-face classes on campus, remote learning, and work-based activity. 

You will undertake the SVQ element of your qualification as an employee in your workplace environment. You will be assessed by observation, undertaking day to day tasks for which you are responsible and produce a portfolio.

We offer a blended and flexible learning approach to suit the needs of services and candidates.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

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The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may wish to progress on to further study including:

  • NC SCQF Level 6 in Health & Social Care
  • Health and Social Care Essentials (SVQ Level 3) 

Alternatively, you may wish to continue a career in the Health and Social Care sector. Moray has a wide range of employers offering a variety of roles at all levels including:

  • care homes
  • clinical settings
  • service users’ own homes
  • day services

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray 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.