Introduction to Health and Social Care SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

A perfect course if you would like to retrain or find out whether a career in Health and Social care is right for you. This short course brings together some of the most interesting elements of our full time Access to Care course including the units: Human Development and Behaviour, An introduction to Social Services in Scotland, and Healthy Eating in a Care Setting.

You’ll study in a live and interactive online classroom with other students. Classes take place on Wednesdays from 9am – 3.45pm with a lunch break.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

  • Care: Human Development and Behaviour (J203 75)

Human development and behaviour is infinitely varied and affected by many things. In this unit we’ll investigate how life experiences affect people and how care workers can use psychological theories to understand the behaviour of individuals using care services.

  • Social Services in Scotland: An Introduction (F3G211)

This Unit will help you understand how social services in Scotland are organised. It will cover the roles of statutory, voluntary and independent bodies that provide these services and how these bodies are monitored and regulated. The Unit will also look at a range of individuals, their needs and how these are met by the social services.

  • Healthy Eating in a Care Setting (F1P1 11)

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.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You'll study in your nearest UHI Argyll learning centre and join lecturers and classmates in a live and interactive digital classroom. Our centre staff will support you with the technology required and you'll be allocated a personal advisor to help you get the most from your studies.

How long will my course last?

17 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date



This course consists of 3 SQA units and costs £258.

If you are on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits may receive a fee waiver. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible. You can download a FEE WAIVER FORM here.  If you would like help or advice on fee waiver, please contact your nearest learning centre.

If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you may be able to apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA) to cover up to £200 the cost of this course.

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you've completed this course you may want to consider full time study, such as the NQ Health and Social Care, or an entry level role in a care setting.

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