Health and Social Care NQ

What is special about this course?

The NQ Health and Social Care programme is aimed at school leavers, adult returners and those working in the Health and Social Care industries. Learners will gain knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes that will help them to contribute to the care and support of people in the social services and health sectors. 

The programme is designed to allow successful students to progress into work within the health and social care sector, or further their studies in areas such as Nursing, Social Work and Youth Work. The programme includes three Highers in Psychology, Care and Childcare and Development. 

The programme will also offer CPD opportunities for those already employed in some capacity within the industry as well as the additionality of studying within a large interdisciplinary team.

Entry requirements

  • Five National 5 qualifications at C or above including one literacy subject e.g. English, History, Geography, Psychology or Care
  • Satisfactory interview 

Mature students

  • Relevant post-school education and training
  • Satisfactory interview

Progressing students

  • NC Child, Health and Social Care
  • OR SVQ Level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare, or equivalent 


  • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Physical Activity
  • Prevention of Infection
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing
  • Higher Childcare and Development
  • Higher Psychology
  • Higher Care
  • You will also develop core skills in IT, Numeracy and Communications
  • Work placement to develop vocational and employability skills

First aid and food hygiene courses are undertaken before placement. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

One year full-time, longer part-time

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso
    • Alness

Start date



Study mode  Scottish Fee RUK* Fee International Fee
Full-time £1790 £5970 £5970
Part-time (per credit/module) £90 £300 £300

Full-Time Study

Full-time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible from the information they have provided on their course application form.

If you have been living in the UK for at least three years, are an ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full-time course. Please check our fee waiver policy for more information.

Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing please check with your course tutor.

Please get in touch with if you have any further questions on fees.

*Rest of UK (students typically domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland.

Part-Time Study

A Fee Waiver could be available to help with the payment of course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our fee waiver policy to see if you are eligible.

Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing please check with your course tutor.

Please contact  if you have any further questions on fees.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • SVQ Level 2 or 3 Social Services and Healthcare (Adult or Children and Young People)
  • Higher education entry to HNC Social Services, HNC Childhood Practice, BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies, BA (Hons) Health Studies, BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Social work training
  • Midwifery (applicant must have Higher English), Nursing
  • Enhanced career prospects in a health and social care setting as a Support Worker or Health Care Assistant


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Apply for Health and Social Care NQ

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North Highland. UHI North Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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