Care Higher

What is special about this course?

The main purpose of this course is to enable learners to understand and explain why people use care services, and to develop the knowledge and value base required for working in contemporary care practice in settings such as health care and social care. Learners will develop knowledge, understanding and attributes that will help them to make informed decisions to support the health and wellbeing of others.

Good reasons to study this course are:

  • You can gain an understanding of the psychological and sociological theories that underpin care practice
  • You can gain an understanding of principles behind care planning
  • You will have the opportunity to gain underpinning knowledge for SVQ Care
  • It will provide good preparation for your first year of university
  • You will meet new people and develop confidence

Entry requirements

Candidates would normally be expected tohave attained one of the following (or equivalent): National 5 Care course, one National Qualification in a social subject, Standard Grade English and Maths or equivalent.

Adult returners will be considered without these qualifications.

Values and Principles
In this unit, learners will investigate the health and social care provision that is available to meet the needs of people requiring care. Learners will analyse needs and explore the role of the care planning process in identifying needs. Learners will gain an understanding of the key features of a positive care environment, and explain the role of legislation, including specific examples. They will also explore the importance of values and principles in promoting positive care practice.

Human Development and Behaviour
In this unit, learners will apply their knowledge and understanding of development and behaviour to individuals using care services. They will use psychological theories to explain development at different stages of the life span and use models of loss or transition to explain the effects of life experiences on people. Learners will evaluate a range of psychological theories and explain how they can help a care worker to understand behaviour.

Social Influences
In this unit, learners will analyse the ways in which social influences can impact on people, and the relevance this has for care practice. They will use sociological theories to explain social influences and the impact these might have on people’s life chances. Learners will also analyse actions taken in society to improve the life chances of individuals using care services.

Flexibility within units will offer the opportunity for personalisation, as the learner can choose which care issues and settings to investigate.


Course Project
Learners will investigate the needs of individuals requiring care and the services that meet these needs.


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Units are achieved through lectures, group work, student presentations, internal assessments and an external assessment, with individual tutor support.

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Part time. Monday 9.15am to 4.00pm. Plus four hours study per week.

Where can I study my course?

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    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


    Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

    Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

    For more information see the funding page.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Academic: This Higher can be used to underpin SVQ in Care, progress to professional training.

    Employment/Career: This course can help you gain employment within the social care sector.

    Former students have: Gained full-time employment in residential care and home care settings or on to further study.

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    "The Care Higher course has given me the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and to learn a new subject which will help me to hopefully go into a career in care. The course content so far has been very interesting and well delivered." Charmian Johnson.

    “A demanding course which prepares students well for further study and future employment” - Lorraine Watson, lecturer

    Apply for Care Higher

    I want to start in 2020/21

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Shetland College UHI. Shetland College 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.