Skills for Work: Health Sector National 4 (SCQF level 4)

Skills for Work: Health Sector National 4 (SCQF level 4)

Qualification Information

The Course introduces candidates to the health sector. Candidates will investigate the different types of services provided and the roles and responsibilities of those working in a type of health provision. They will also investigate the career opportunities in the health sector.

Candidates will also explore care values, and participate in practical activities that allow them to demonstrate care values, including maintaining confidentiality and an awareness of equality and diversity. They will also assess risks in relation to infection and participate in practical activities to demonstrate infection control measures.

Candidates will be given the opportunity to work as a member of a team to produce health promotion advice, encouraging co-operative working, as part of which they will learn about the main body systems. They will participate in a practical activity to take a physiological measurement. Candidates will investigate a multidisciplinary team and explore the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach.

The Course introduces candidates to the range of product types made by the Life Sciences Industry. Candidates will participate in a practical activity to demonstrate the use of a biomedical device.

Central to the Course is developing the employability skills valued by employers in general and necessary for effective work in the health sector. These skills are embedded in the different Units providing candidates with the opportunity to practice and develop these skills throughout the Course. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop their employability skills through practical activities in real or simulated work environments, investigations and team working activities. Candidates will also be involved in self-evaluation of these skills, seeking feedback from others, identifying areas of improvement, taking account of the feedback received and reviewing their progress throughout the Course.

At SCQF level 4, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

Why deliver this qualification

This Course focuses on developing generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace through a variety of practical experiences in the health sector.

The structure of the National 4 Skills for Work: Health Sector Course is consistent with the equivalent Course at National 5. This allows centres to choose activities and delivery methods which best suit their circumstances and candidates.

There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relation to the Health Sector
  • trainees participating in preparation for entering employment
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Successful learners may progress to:

  • SVQs in Health and Social Care
  • National Courses or Units
  • Further/higher education
  • vocational training
  • employment


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit. The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit.

The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code C261 74 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Health Sector at SCQF level 4 consists of five mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course Specification

Publication of NABs

NABs are published are on the secure area of the SQA website.

Publication of Learning and Teaching Support Packs

Learning and teaching support packs have been produced by Scotland's Colleges to support this Course.

Internal Assessment Reports