Health and Social Care SCQF Level 6

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 creating opportunities for work in fields relating to:

  • nursing
  • social care
  • health promotion across the NHS, local authority or private companies.

This course is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by the health and social care sectors as well as some of the key skills you will need to gain employment. The emphasis of the course is to enable you to make the choice between employment or further study, but you will leave with all the relevant skills for either route.

You will study a range of SQA units specific to Health and Social Care.

Special features:

  • Access to health and social care experts with years of experience in their fields
  • Access to employers through jobs fairs and guest lectures
  • Access to wider education opportunities including progression to Level 7 and beyond

Guest speakers and industry visits may be used to enhance your learning experience.

Entry requirements

  • Four National 5s BBDD (including English at Grade B or above) or above OR
  • A relevant SCQF Level 5 course
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes:

  • Human Development
  • Social Influences
  • Care: Values and Principles
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Information Technology
  • HIV and Hepatitis
  • Caring for People with Dementia
  • Stress and Stress Management
  • Child Protection
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Health Safety and Protection

Please note that this course is currently under review and the content may change.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You will study through a combination of face-to-face classes on campus with remote learning via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), taking place 1 day each week.

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.


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.

Additional costs

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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course, you can progress on to further study at UHI Moray:

  • HNC Healthcare Practice which offers progression into BSc Nursing, BSc Midwifery and BSc Paramedic Practice
  • HNC Social Services which offers progression into BA Social Work

Moray has a wide range of employers offering a variety of roles at all levels. Many of our students also go on to gain employment within the Health and Social Care sector including:

  • care homes
  • clinical settings
  • service users’ own homes.

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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.