Social Care (Level 6)

Glasgow Clyde College


Anniesland Campus, Cardonald Campus, Langside Campus


NQ Social Care (Level 6) is aimed at providing you with the skills and experience required to pursue a career in social care as a support worker or project worker, or to progress to further study on HNC Social Services.

This course covers many aspects of the caring role with a range of service users. You will cover a range of NQ Care units at Level 6, as well as undertake a placement element to the course with Level 2 SVQ units.

The social care sector makes up roughly 1 in 13 jobs in Scotland and has been steadily growing since 2008 (Source: Scottish Social Services Council). Studying social care opens up a wealth of career opportunities - with each one making a positive difference to peoples lives.

During the course you will study subjects such as the core units of:
Health and safety of yourself and individuals; Developing your own knowledge and practice;
Supporting effective communication; British Sign Language; Stress and stress management; Health, safety and protection issues in care setting; Values and principles; Counselling: an introduction and theory for practice; Substance use and misuse: an introduction; Human development and behaviour;
Child protection; Social influences; Skills for work and college; Communication in care relationships; HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C infections; Caring for people with dementia.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5 at A or B including English. Relevant experience of care work, either paid or voluntary. Entry subject to interview.

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 HNC courses or employment in a social or health related profession at support worker level.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Care and Counselling

SCQF Level