Access to Care SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course offers a broad general introduction to the Care Sector and will give you a flavour of various care settings including health, social care and childcare. It’s an ideal starting point for anyone who returning to study after a break in education and would allow prospective SWAP Access to Nursing students to brush up on some Study/Core Skills.

This course is a fast-track course which will prepare you to begin a career in Care. It is 2.5 days and could be worked around part time work.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course 

  • Social Services in Scotland: An Introduction

An introduction to how Social Services are organised, provided and delivered in Scotland.  This unit will contain case studies and how individuals’ needs are met.  

  • Improving Health & Wellbeing

The purpose of this unit is to allow students to be able to undertake a planned activity to improve their own health or the health of someone else.

  • Care: Values and Principles

This unit will look at the variety of care services and how they meet the needs of individuals. 

  • Healthy Eating in a Care Setting
Learn how a balanced diet contributes to a person’s health and well-being. And understand how to meet the dietary needs of individual service users. You’ll also learn to plan an appropriate one day menu for a selected service user and understand the good practice related to purchasing, storing and preparing foods.
  • Care: Human Development and Behaviour

This unit looks at how people develop from a new born baby to old age pensioners.  It covers conditions associated with children through adults to the elderly.  It links this to what care services are required.

  • HIV Hep B and Hep C Infections

An in depth look at a range of infectious diseases, how they are treated.  The unit will also focus on prevention of diseases.

  • Communication Level 5

This unit explains how to use reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in situations in your personal life, at work, and in education.

  • Information and Communication Technology  and Cyber Security
These units will enable you to use straightforward information and communication technology (ICT) effectively to access, process, and present information in familiar, everyday settings. You will learn how to stay safe and keep your own and other peoples information safe in an online environment.


How will I study my course?

    Your course will generally be a mix of scheduled connected 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. 

    When we talk about ‘Connected Learning’ we mean that you will learn together with your lecturers and fellow classmates at a scheduled time in an online classroom. This will 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 2.5 days per week. You will be required spend around 8 hours in flexible learning outside of class.

    How long will my course last?

    17 Weeks

    Where can I study my course?

      • UHI Argyll

    Start date

    This course will run on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for 17 weeks.



    Scottish resident full-time students will automatically have their course fees paid for this course.   

    If you have recently moved to, or do not normally live in Scotland, you may need to pay £5,970 in course fees, these can be paid in instalments. Families of Armed Services personnel are subject to different fees regulations and may also have to pay course fees. If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and we can advise you. 

    This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU). 

    Part-time FE students who are on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits may also have their course fees paid for them. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible.  


    Bursary for Living Costs 

    If you are 18 years of age or over on the start date of your course, and will be studying full-time you may be eligible for bursary funding, depending on your household income. Our bursary fund is finite and is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so it’s important to make your application for bursary as soon as the application process opens in July. You will need to have accepted our offer before you apply. 

    If you are under 18 you may be eligible for EMA. EMA is paid at a rate of £30 per week dependent on your total household income.  

    Please see page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide for full details of Bursary and EMA.  

    You may also be eligible for assistance with travel and childcare, and we have discretionary funds for those students in need. You can find all the information you need in our funding pages

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to NC courses in Health and Social Care and Childcare or the SWAP Access to Nursing (other eligibility criteria apply).

    Is there more information available online?

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    This is an ideal starting point if you’d like to return to college after a break in education, or are not sure which area is right for you. 

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    I want to start in Jan 2024

    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.