Health & Social Care Level 6 NQ

What is special about this course?

This course is an ideal step for anyone who has already undertaken some study in Health and Social Care and is now looking to pursue a career in the sector, whether that be in Nursing, Midwifery, the Ambulance Service or other health care roles. 

It will provide you with the skills and experience required to progress on to further study at HNC level, or enter employment as a Support Worker. 


Entry requirements

  • Level 5 Access to Care (health and early years) 


  • 4 National 5s or equivalent

If you don't meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. Please get in touch with us to discuss how suitable this course is for you. 

  • Human Body

An introduction to the structure and function of the human body, the links between them and how disease can change function.

  • Prevention of Infection

The unit develops knowledge and understanding of the causes of infection, the way infection enters the body, the spread of infection, and the ways in which the body fights infection.

  • Mental Health Issues: An Introduction

This Unit enables learners to be aware of the history of mental health services and attitudes towards people with mental disorder.

  • Caring for People with Dementia

This Unit will develop knowledge and understanding of Dementia and the effects it has on the individual and their Carers. It will also enable candidates to develop awareness of the skills and strategies necessary for the support and care of people with Dementia and their Carers.

  • Stress & Stress Management

This Unit enables learners to identify causes and symptoms of stress. It will also enable them to investigate ways of managing stress once it has been identified in an individual.

  • Human Development

This unit will allow learners to apply knowledge of human development and behaviour to individuals using care services based on psychological theories.

  • Social Influences

This unit will allow learners to analyse how social influences affect individuals using care services based on sociological theories.

  • Health Promotion

This Unit enables learners to examine the basis for health promotion and to understand some of the factors that influence health promotion activity.

  • Communication in Care Relationships

An introduction to the importance of communication in Social Services settings including focus on the needs, wishes and preferences of individuals and potential barriers to communication.

  • Care: Values & Principles

This unit will investigate how care services meet the needs of individuals.

  • Safeguarding People

This unit is to introduce the importance of safeguarding people from risk, harm, and exploitative behaviour. The unit also introduces rights and responsibilities associated with safeguarding.

  • Intro to Basic First Aid

An introduction to first aid covering assessing minor injuries and minor medical conditions, how to deal with them, demonstrating how to get help.

  • Skills + Portfolio

Embedded into many of our FE courses are ‘meta-skills’. We support you to develop your meta-skills, which are described as “skills for the future” – skills that we all need to help us adapt to the changing world around us. 

In addition you will also develop core skills in numeracy, communication, literature and ICT. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Your course will generally be a mix of local centre-based learning time, and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments. 

You will attend your local centre to learn together with your lecturers and fellow classmates in an online classroom. As well as having fellow students with you in your local centre, you may also connect with students in our other locations.

Our courses include a combination of video conferencing (like a Zoom call), interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students, so it’s a much richer experience than purely online learning.

You will attend class for approximately 3 days per week. You will be required spend time carrying out additional flexible learning outside of class.

In 2023-24, we fully expect the centre-based aspect of all our courses to be taught in our learning centres.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

Late August


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

When you’ve successfully completed this course, you can move on to study at a higher level such as: 

  • HNC courses in Social Care 

This course may help with entry into the Ambulance Service and other associated health care roles. 

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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.