Health and Wellbeing (SCQF Level 5) NQ

What is special about this course?

This NQ will be an entry level award at SCQF level 5 with a variety of progression pathways, including Access to Nursing, Access to Social Work, NC Early Education & Childcare, Health & Beauty, Social Science and individual tailored health and social care related programmes at access level.  Core skills are central to the award, supporting progression to SCQF level 6 study.  This course will provide underpinning knowledge for entry into careers in a variety of health, wellbeing and care related areas. 

  • The course has an interesting and varied range of modules which includes psychology, early learning, health eating and human development.
  • There is an additional group award in Mental Health and Wellbeing. 
  • Core skills are central to this NQ and it provides progression to the next level of study.
  • The course has the ability to be a stepping stone to other areas of study and is a good foundation to build up your academic skills and experience
  • The course is a good introduction to the sector if you are thinking of changing career paths

Entry requirements

4 National 4 passes, one of which must be English

  • Care: Human Development and Behaviour
  • Care: Social Influences
  • Care: Values and Principles
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Families in Modern Society
  • Healthy Eating in a Care Setting
  • Psychology: Social Behaviour
  • Children & Young People and the Process of Play
  • Working with Individuals with Additional Support Needs
  • Crime Scenes
  • Shampooing, Conditioning and Scalp Massage
  • Understanding Mental Health Issues
  • Influences on Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Coping Strategies and Building Resilience
  • Health Sector: Working in the Health Sector - Scotland
  • Numeracy
  • ICT

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Face to face drawing on the virtual learning environment

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time (structured): 2 years  


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of this course may lead to progression onto a SCQF level 6 course such as Health & Social Care L6; Access to Nursing; Access to Social Work, NC Social Sciences, NC Early Learning & Childcare, Modern Apprenticeship: Social Services and Healthcare (Adults).   Throughout this course you will develop important skills in literacy and numeracy, in preparation for further study or employment.

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