Social Care (Level 5)

Glasgow Clyde College


Cardonald Campus


The Social Care sector employs roughly 1 in 13 people in Scotland. NQ Social Care (Level 5) is an introductory level course designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in social care as a Support Worker or progress NQ Social Care (Level 6). It covers many aspects of the caring role with a range of service users.

Care: Values and Principles in Care; Care: Human development; Care: Social Influences; Guidance; Understanding and Supporting People in Health and Social Care Setting; Mental Health Issues: An Introduction; Maintaining Safety in a Care Setting; Communication; Working with Individuals with Additional Support Needs; Introduction to Counselling; Steps Programme (Cardonald only); Working with Others; Recognise, Respond and Report Abuse in a Care Setting; Recognise, Respond and Report Challenging Behaviour; Social Services in Scotland: An Introduction; Understanding the Needs of the Older Person; Understanding Loss and Grief.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 4. Applications will also be considered from those without formal qualifications but with relevant experience. Applications will be considered by personal statement, interview and a suitable supporting reference.

Progression Routes

NQ Social Care (Level 6) or employment in the care sector.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Care and Counselling

SCQF Level