Health and Social Care Pathway SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

As people live longer, demand for qualified workers in health and social care continues to grow across our region, Scotland and the rest of the developed world. 

This course is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and transferable skills in the fields of health and social care. It will also prepare you for progression on to higher education courses, employment and/or further training within health or social care.

As part of this course, you may have the opportunity to take part in a community project/volunteer in a health and social care setting which will allow you to appreciate the qualities, attitudes and skills required to work within a care setting.

Special features:

  • Gain transferable skills
  • Insight into the health and social care sector
  • You may also get the opportunity to take part in a community project/volunteer in a health and social care setting whilst on this course.

Guest speakers may be used to enhance your learning experience.

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4s (including English) OR
  • an SCQF Level 4 course or equivalent
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes: 

This course comprises of mandatory and optional SQA units:

  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Care: Human Development and Behaviour
  • Care: Social Influences
  • Care: Values and Principles
  • HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Infections
  • Working with Individuals with Additional Support Needs
  • Healthy Eating in a Care Setting
  • Coping Strategies & Building Resilience
  • Prevention of Infection
  • Loss and Grief
  • Mental Health Issues

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will study through a combination of face-to-face classes on campus and remote learning via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with support from your lecturers.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

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

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


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:

  • Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 6)
  • Health and Social Care (SCQF Level 6)
  • Social Sciences (SCQF Level 6)

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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.