This course helps you to develop the knowledge and skills to understand people who use care services. You will learn why people need care, and how to support their health and wellbeing. The course helps you to develop important skills such as problem-solving, communication, planning and managing tasks, and applying knowledge and understanding to care issues and scenarios.
These skills are valuable in a wide range of career sectors, including health care, social care and childcare.
To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:
This course will enable you to understand why people use care services and to develop the knowledge and value base required for working in contemporary care practice in settings such as health care, social care and child care. You will develop knowledge, understanding and attributes that will help you to make informed decisions to support the health and wellbeing of others.
The course comprises three areas of study.
Values and principles
Human development and behaviour
You will learn how to:
You will learn how to:
There is the opportunity for personalisation, where you can choose which care issues and settings to investigate.
The course assessment consists of two components totalling 120 marks:
For the project component, you are required to respond to a brief, where you will research and investigate the needs of an individual requiring care and the services that meet those needs. There are 3 sections: Action Plan, Responding to the Project Brief, and Evaluation. The project will be set and marked externally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
The question paper will be set and marked externally by the SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
** Please note there are no Past Papers for National 5 Care available.
Successful completion of this course will normally lead to study at the following levels:
Further study, training or employment in:
Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.
They can also read the information leaflet(s):