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

Applications on hold due to volume of applications already received

This NQ Healthcare (Level 5) course provides you with the underpinning knowledge to understand the standards and approaches that support care practice. You will also be introduced to essential basic caring skills in the clinical skills lab and hear from a range of guest speakers from both health and social services as part of the course. These elements will enable you to move on to further studies as well as giving you with a qualification that will help to prepare you for working in the health and social services sector.

What will I learn?

Examples of the units that may be undertaken in the NQ Healthcare (Level 5) course are:

  • Prevention of infection
  • First Aid
  • Care: Human development and behaviour
  • Safety in a care environment
  • Care: Social influences
  • Care: Value and principles
  • Physiology of the cardiovascular system 
  • Communication
  • Healthy eating in care settings
  • Mental health

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Four National 4s, or equivalent, one of which should be English; OR
  • A health, childcare or social care qualification at Level 4

Additional Information

Due to the volume of applications for this course, not every applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements will be selected for the course.

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

An understanding of a care environment is provided on this course through a range of guest speakers and video links.  

Jobs and further study

  • Successfully completing this course can lead to progression to NC/NQ Care courses at Level 6 in health, social care, childcare, beauty or complementary therapies. 
  • In exceptional circumstances, you may progress to a range of HNC courses, such as HNC Healthcare Practice, HNC Social Services or HNC Occupational Therapy Support.
  • You may progress to work in the care sector. 

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 course coordinator and you will either be;  

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional). You will need to accept this to secure your place.
  • Invited to attend an information and activity session. Please note: You should provide proof of qualifications and one satisfactory reference prior to coming along to this session.   A group interview will take place which will include an individual activity and group discussion.  
  • 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 357 6189