Child, Health and Social Care - National 5


05 Sep 2022


23 Jun 2023

Students study a wide range of general care issues such as sociology and psychology, values and principles in care, and prevention of infection. Students will also study Core Skills. These include Communication, Numeracy and ICT. You will also spend one day a week in a care placement.

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SQA Units at SCQF Level 5


Full-time 36 week course, 3 days per week in College, 1 day per week on placement.


Scottish Borders Campus

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Entry requirements

Care or Child, Health and Social Care National 4, or a minimum of 4 National 4 awards at Pass grade (plus added value unit) plus 1 pass at National 5 (Project pass A-C grade), or 4 Standard Grades at General grade 3 or equivalent Intermediate 1 passes, to include English. Students who apply for this course without the above qualifications but with a high degree of motivation will be considered for entry. Students will also be required to complete a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) form. Applicants should be able to demonstrate values and principles relevant to working in care, such as kindness and empathy.

Progression opportunities

Successful students can progress to Child, Health and Social Care National 5/Higher and/or Higher Social Care, Higher Health Care, NC Early Education and Childcare courses, depending on overall performance during the course. Career opportunities in the social, health and child care fields, e.g. as a Care Assistant or Playgroup Assistant.


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