Access to Health and Social Care Higher

What is special about this course?

As people live longer the care sector has ever expanding employment opportunities where older people require assistance with personal care and support. This course consists of a mix of SQA accredited health and social care units and several short courses such as manual handling, food hygiene and personal grooming.

Entry requirements

Students must be 17 years of age at the start of the course and would be expected to undergo a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.

This course includes 4 units which make up the Care Higher and includes; Care Principles and Practice, Health, Safety and Protection in Care Settings; Working in Health and Social Care Settings and Understanding and Supporting People in Health and Social Care Settings.

Additional units include: HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and related illnesses; Food and Health and Food Preparation amongst others.

How will I study my course?

    Students attend college for two days and are in a work placement for three days. College teaching is face to face and students are observed/assessed in placement.

    How long will my course last?

    20 Weeks

    This course has been designed to give students the basic theoretical knowledge and work experience to allow them to make an informed choice as to whether working in the health and social care sector is of interest to them.

    Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    Please contact your local learning centre to find out the start date of the course.


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

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    This course has been designed in conjunction with local care providers who are willing to give successful students an interview on completion of the course.

    Students can then progress to the SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare qualification to allow them to register as a care assistant with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).


    Is there more information available online?

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    To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College 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.

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