Health & Social Care Skills Academy SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

Are you interested in a career in Health and Social Care? This FREE course will get you there.

You will learn a wide range of skills from our industry-experienced team on campus and you will gain real-work experience on a workplace placement in the second half of the course.

There are a huge variety of career opportunities within health and social care and the sector has lots of vacancies. We will match your placement with your interest.

This course is delivered in partnership with:

  • Shetland Island Council 

If you have any questions about the course, you can contact:  

Entry requirements

This is an entry level course and it requires no formal qualifications

You will learn a wide range of practical skills including:

  • Practical skills for carers
  • First aid
  • Moving and handling
  • Supporting the physical and mental health of others

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Face to face delivery:2 days per week for 5 weeks, followed by a placement for 2 days per week for 5 weeks.

How long will my course last?

10 Weeks

You will be in college or on your placement on a Wednesday and Thursday from 930am-230pm and the course will run for 10 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

    This course will be assessed in a variety of ways including creating posters, fact sheets, short reports and practical skills.

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date

19th April 2023


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

Additional costs

This course is free to attend. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

After successfully completing this course you will be eligible for a ‘guaranteed interview’ with the Shetland Island Council for relief social care posts.

This course can also be a progression to working in:

  • Social Work
  • Mental Health
  • Health Visiting
  • Community Work
  • Care Work
  • Healthcare Support
  • Nursing

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“This course is an excellent pathway for anyone (aged 16+) who is interested in working in health and social care. It combines knowledge and practical skills with hands-on work experience. Successful completion of the course leads to a guaranteed interview for relief social care posts, so it really is a great route to employment! This is a fully funded course – so there will be no cost to you! The timing of the course fits in perfectly with school/nursery, so it’s ideal for parents/carers as well.” - Susan Menary, Head of Health, Care and Society at UHI Shetland 

"Care Services across Shetland are looking forward to meeting, welcoming and supporting Health & Social Care Skills Academy Students in our workplaces.  We consider this course and studies to be an excellent chance for students to gain real practical skills and knowledge.  Services and Staff are keen to share their abilities and understanding.  As passing these on will help students with genuine employment opportunities we are very keen to see occupied." - Robbie Simpson, Shetland Islands Council


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