National 5 Care (Course Code: C812 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Care?

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.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Health and Medicine

Social, Caring and Advisory

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:

What will I study?

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 childcare. 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

You will:

Human development and behaviour

You will learn how to:

Social influences

You will learn how to:

There is the opportunity for personalisation, where you can choose which care issues and settings to investigate.

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

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.  

Study Materials

What can I go on to next?

Successful completion of this course will normally lead to study at the following levels:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

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):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Care (National 5)