Skills for Work: Health and Social Care Higher (SCQF level 6)

Skills for Work: Health and Social Care Higher (SCQF level 6)

Qualification Information

The Course introduces candidates to the nature of health and social care work. It includes investigating the types of health and social care establishments that are available and the roles of care workers in these settings. Candidates will also be investigating the principles of good care practice and exploring what constitutes day to day care work, for example identifying people’s needs and strengths and learning how care workers try to meet those needs through care plans.

Health, safety and protection issues are important within health and social care settings. Therefore candidates will explore these issues and some practical approaches to dealing with them. Using the insights gained from psychology they will also explore how to support service-users in an informed way. This will include a study of how people develop, how to help raise self-esteem and how to help service-users manage their stress. This will help candidates to become flexible health and social care workers if they decide to pursue a career in this sector.

Central to the Course is developing the employability attitudes and skills necessary for effective work in health and social care settings. These are incorporated in the different Units giving candidates the opportunity to practise and develop them throughout the Course. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop their skills through work placements or simulation exercises, investigation and group work. They will be involved in evaluating their own skills, setting themselves personal goals and reviewing their progress during the Course. The emphasis throughout the Course will be on experiential learning and developing the knowledge and skills valued by the care sector.

The Units of the Course have been designed to be delivered in an integrated manner. Guidance on a suggested teaching pattern is given in the Course Specification.

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.

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.

Resource Requirements

Since practical and experiential learning is central to this Course, it is important that candidates have access to a variety of learning environments. This could include access to health and social care settings, either to visit or as work placements, simulated workplace settings or visiting speakers from health and/or care establishments. The use of audiovisual resources and real or simulated case studies will also be required.

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 C245 76 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Health and Social care at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory Units.

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

Course Specification

Qualification Verification Summary

Qualification Verification Summary Reports were formerly known as Internal Assessment Reports.

2017 SfW Health and Social Care (160 KB)

Internal Assessment Reports