Leading and Managing Care Services (SCQF level 9) CPD Award

Course code N2L5

What is special about this course?

If you are a manager in a care setting this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) award can help you in your career development. It is designed to meet the registration requirements set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for managers.

This CPD Award Leading and Managing Care Services (SCQF level 9) is particularly suited to staff who already hold an approved care qualification. The award can be completed within 12 months and a student adviser will provide ongoing support throughout your studies.

The programme includes a mandatory induction and tutorials which are highly recommended.

Candidates need to have had good experience in the care sector. Ideally, candidates should be working in a supervisory or management position.

Special features

  • The programme is delivered online so you can fit your study around your personal and professional commitments
  • Online discussion boards allow interaction with fellow students and tutors
  • Induction and tutorials can be done face-to-face at a local venue (depending on numbers), or by video conference
  • Course materials and assignments are designed to relate to a wide range of care service settings, with students encouraged to reflect on and develop their management skills

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be able to demonstrate potential to meet the academic demands of a SCQF Level 9 award. Ideally, you should be working in a supervisory or management position
  • hold a relevant qualification such as HNC Social Care, SVQ4, Diploma in Social Work, nursing qualifications or equivalent
  • be able to demonstrate relevant working experience in the care sector. Some assessment tasks will require you to relate to personal experience of supervisory / management practice
  • have access to a computer with the ability to develop skills in online learning, accessing website material and word-processing of assignments


Modules are:

  • Leadership and management in a care context 
  • Leading and managing effective communication systems
  • Managing protection, risk and promotion of care values

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Online, with optional face to face or video conference tutorials

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (one year)

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll - September starts only
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney
  • Perth
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September
  • January


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The programme provides a management qualification accepted by the SSSC as meeting the requirements for registration as a manager of a care setting. This qualification is essential for anyone working as a manager of a care service, so possession of the award is highly attractive to employers.

Can I progress into further study?

The possibility of progression to achieve a degree may prove attractive to students who already hold care qualifications at diploma level.
Following successful completion of this course you may wish to consider applying to one of the UHI degree programmes

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