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. 

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

It will also prepare you for progression on to higher education courses, employment and/or further training within health or social care. 

Special features:

  • Gain transferable skills
  • Insight into the health and social care sector
  • You may also get the opportunity to complete a work placement whilst on this course.

Entry requirements

Three National 4s including English
achievement of all units on an SCQF Level 4 course or equivalent.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit this webpage.

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

Industry specific guest speakers are used throughout the year.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Face-to-face teaching
  • Online Delivery
  • Tutorial
  • Individual and Group Work
  • Student Research
  • Video/Power Point Presentations

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



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.

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)

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Health and Social Care Pathway SCQF Level 5

I want to start in 2022/23

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.