NQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This qualification is an exciting opportunity to gain practical work experience and theoretical knowledge, which meets the needs of employers. It will prepare you for further training in SVQ Social Services and Healthcare.
The course consists of an National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services and Healthcare and several short courses which will enhance your employment prospects such as Prevention of Infection and Elementary Food Hygiene.

Entry requirements

This course is designed for students who are interested in working in the Care industry. Students must be 17 years of age at the start of the course. 

Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit this webpage.

This course includes NPA Social Services and Healthcare level 6 plus additional employability training: 
  • HD6J 46 Social Services in Scotland (1 credit)
  • HD6T 46 Communication in Care Relationships (1 credit)
  • HD6V 46 Safeguarding People (1 credit)
  • HD6W 46 Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services (0.5 credit)
  • HD6X 46 Human Development and Social Influences (0.5 credit)
  • Elementary Food Hygiene
  • DM5P 11 Prevention of Infection
  • Workplace scenarios


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course is delivered face-to-face class in a virtual classroom environment. You will be expected to attend timetabled classes and it is likely that in 2022 you will be asked to join from home. If you think you may not have equipment or connectivity to enable this, please speak to us and we will do our best to help you overcome any barriers.

How long will my course last?

12 Weeks

Completion of the course will require the student to attend College 3 days per week

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

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


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