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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

NQ Social Care (Level 6) is aimed at providing you with the skills and experience required to pursue a career in social care as a support worker or project worker, or to progress to further study on HNC Social Services.

This course covers many aspects of the caring role with a range of service users. You will cover a range of NQ Care units at Level 6, as well as undertake a placement element to the course with Level 2 SVQ units.

The social care sector makes up roughly 1 in 13 jobs in Scotland and has been steadily growing since 2008 (Source: Scottish Social Services Council). Studying social care opens up a wealth of career opportunities - with each one making a positive difference to peoples lives.

What will I learn?

During the NQ Social Care Level 6 course, you will study subjects such as: 

  • Health and safety of yourself and individuals  
  • Developing your own knowledge and practice 
  • Supporting effective communication 
  • Stress and stress management 
  • Health, safety and protection issues in care setting 
  • Values and principles 
  • Counselling: An introduction and theory for practice 
  • Substance use and misuse: An introduction 
  • Human development and behaviour 
  • Child protection 
  • Social influences 
  • Skills for work and college 
  • Communication in care relationships  
  • HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infections 
  • Caring for people with dementia.

Your learning will be supported by a social care placement.

Entry requirements (minimum)


  • Four National 5 Qualifications (with A/B Grades), or equivalent, one of which must be English


  • Voluntary and/or employment experience in the care sector 

We welcome your application if you don't have formal qualifications, but have relevant life and/or work experience.

PVG Disclosure is essential as work experience opportunities are part of the course. Glasgow Clyde College will pay for this.

Due to the number of internal candidates progressing to their next level of study, places on this course may be limited.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Glasgow Clyde College has very strong links and partnerships with a range of care providers, supporting people in need with issues related to:  

  • Mental health and mental illness 
  • Homelessness and poverty 
  • Inequality and discrimination 
  • Teenagers and adolescence 
  • Drugs and alcohol 
  • Transitioning and change 
  • Loss and grief 
  • Gender and sexuality 
  • Abuse and protection 
  • Sex work and sexual exploitation 
  • Children and families 
  • Hearings and court 
  • Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
  • Offending and criminality 
  • Residential and secure living 
  • Modern slavery and trafficking 
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and child abuse survival  
  • Learning difficulty and disability 
  • Dementia and cognitive impairment 
  • Counselling and therapy 
  • End-of-life and palliative care 
  • Dysfunction and alienation. 

Jobs and further study

The social care sector in Scotland makes up 7.1% of all employment, roughly 1 in 13 jobs, and has been steadily growing since 2008. (Source: Scottish Social Services Council)   

When you have successfully completed this course, you may pursue a career in social / health related professions as a support worker/care assistant, or you can use the qualification to access other higher education opportunities at Glasgow Clyde College such as:

  • HNC Social Services 
  • HNC Counselling  
  • HNC Healthcare Practice
  • HNC Social Sciences, or other HNC courses. 

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply 
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out in June / July.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3104