Pathway to Health and Social Care

Forth Valley College


Alloa Campus, Stirling Campus, Falkirk Campus


The Level 6 Pathways to Health and Social Care course aims to provide students with a solid foundation in both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for careers in healthcare and social care. Successful completion of the course can prepare individuals to pursue further study at HNC (SCQF Level 7) or enter the workforce in roles such as healthcare assistants, social care workers, and other related positions.

The course includes a one-day placement (seven hours) in a healthcare or social care setting. This hands-on experience allows students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, gain practical skills, and understand the day-to-day operations of healthcare and social care organisations. As well as course certification, students will also gain the SQA National Progression Award: Practical Skills on completion of the course.

Academic study will look at values and principles, the influences of society and human development. Your practical skills will be developed when in placement through completion of a record of achievement linked to the support work within the placement. Study also includes an understanding of dementia as well as promoting mental health and wellbeing.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 5 including English or an English based subject, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Relevant HND

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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