Health Sector (SfW) National 5

What is special about this course?

The Health Sector is one of the largest employers in the country and provides employment opportunities through a varied range of disciplines. Primary and secondary care in the NHS are the most common routes to employment, but this course will cover other areas such as complementary therapies, the retail pharmaceutical industry and the community and voluntary sectors.

You will learn about the services provided by the Health Sector in your local area, the life sciences industry and their role in the diagnosis and treatment of illness, the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle and the structure and function of the cardiovascular system.

You will also look at the health and safety risks to workers in the Health Sector and learn about the range and diversity of careers in non-clinical roles in the Health Sector.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements; however, you will be interviewed to determine whether this is the right course for you. To get the best out of this course you should enjoy working as part of a team and have an interest in the health sector.

The course includes the following units:

  • Working in the Health Sector
  • Life Sciences Industry and the Health Sector
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing
  • Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Working in Non-Clinical Roles

How will I study my course?

  • Skills for Work

You will be taught by a college lecturer at either your local UHI Argyll centre or in the school.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

After completing this course you might consider:

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare – at school

A Modern Apprenticeship in the Health sector – work based

Access to Nursing Course – at college

SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare – at college

Nursing Degree – at university

Is there more information available online?

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

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