Health and care

Our Health and Care Section is the largest and busiest department at Shetland College UHI. Here you can study a range of courses from introductory to degree level. Courses are available in subjects including: care, early years, child and youth studies, access to apply for nursing, social work, psychology and sociology. We can also organise full-time or part-time individualised programmes for students and are happy to discuss training needs for organisations.

Browse our full course list.

First aid demonstration

Where possible, staff invite visitors with industry experience to provide demonstrations or workshops with students. This has been a popular fixture of the NC Social Science course for the last couple of years, with local police officers (both retired and active) carrying out crime scene investigation workshops with students.

There are opportunities within many of the courses for work placements, which provide an insight into the day to day running of a variety of care and early education work places. Students can work alongside qualified staff to gain a real taste of their intended career.

Many students have found that the contacts they make during their work placement experience lead to employment opportunities in the future. We endeavour to provide you with skills for life, work and learning. In today’s world there is an increase in the use of technology in all walks of life. Throughout our courses we incorporate the use of appropriate technologies within the learning and teaching environments.

In the video below, students past and present explain how their health & care course benefited them in their career. If you are thinking about studying at Shetland College UHI, it will give you a good idea of how you can benefit from a college qualification.


Susan Menary
t: 01595 771421


Facilities at a glance

Facilities at a glance

  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Well-stocked library
  • Video conferencing (VC)
  • Virtual learning environment (VLE)

Why study?

Why study?

Good reasons to study in our Health and Care section

  • Excellent choice of work experience
  • A valuable insight into possible future careers
  • A good mix of academic and practical experience
  • You can study some courses from home
  • An interesting range of topics in manageable units
  • A relaxed classroom atmosphere
  • All lecturers are experienced practitioners within their field