Social Care Level 5 student with book Red Head Image 3
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August to June)

The Social Care sector employs roughly 1 in 13 people in Scotland. NQ Social Care (Level 5) is an introductory level course designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in social care as a Support Worker or progress NQ Social Care (Level 6). It covers many aspects of the caring role with a range of service users.

What will I learn?

Units that will be studied include:

  • Care: values and principles in care
  • Care: human development
  • Care: social influences
  • Guidance
  • Understanding and supporting people in health and social care setting
  • Mental health issues: an introduction
  • Maintaining safety in a care setting
  • Communication
  • Working with individuals with additional support needs
  • Introduction to counselling
  • Steps programme (Cardonald only)
  • Working with others
  • Recognise, respond and report abuse in a care setting
  • Recognise, respond and report challenging behaviour
  • Social services in Scotland: an introduction
  • Understanding the needs of the older person
  • Understanding loss and grief.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three National 4 qualifications or equivalent
  • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or care experience
  • Applications will be considered by personal statement, interview and a suitable supporting reference.

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

This course offers a progression pathway to employment within the Social Services Sector, the largest employment sector in Scotland.

Jobs and further study

  • When you have successfully completed this course, you may apply to NQ Social Care (Level 6), or other NQ Level 6 courses within the College
  • Employment options may include care assistant jobs 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 and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Selection will be by assessment of qualifications and interview
  • The process will consist of an individual interview with a member of the lecturing team
  • You will be required to bring evidence of qualifications and an academic reference to interview. During the interview, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course and the college
  • Interviews will begin in February and will continue until June
  • Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview performance, qualifications and/or relevant work experience for each applicant. One of three selection outcomes will be made for each applicant and will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview
  • The selection outcomes are ‘unconditional offer’; ‘conditional offer’, or ‘unsuccessful’. Any ‘conditions’ to your offer will be clearly outlined in this email
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place
  • If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above
  • Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information relating to student funding in June with joining instructions and induction information in mid-July
  • You must accept your offer as soon as possible in order to secure your place
  • If you are made a conditional offer, you must provide the required evidence (qualifications, references, other details) as soon as it is available or risk losing your place
  • This course is designed to give you a sound theoretical basis from which to develop good practice in Social Care and does not include a practical training placement.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3104