Skills for Work: Health Sector National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Skills for Work: Health Sector National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Qualification Information

The National 5 Course is designed as an introduction to the health sector, and provides a progression route for candidates who have successfully completed the National 4 Course, building on the skills and knowledge developed at National 4, and introducing candidates to a range of more advanced skills. Candidates may also enter directly.

The emphasis of this Course is to prepare candidates for working in the health sector and develop employability skills valued by employers. Candidates will develop a range of knowledge and skills required in this vocational area. Candidates will investigate a range of job roles and career opportunities as well as participating in a job interview.

Candidates will also develop a wide range of skills, including research and self-evaluation skills. Emphasis throughout all Units is on the employability skills and attitudes which will help prepare candidates for the workplace.

At SCQF level 5, 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.
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 important that candidates have access to real or simulated health sector environments and visiting industry speakers or visits to people working in the health sector.

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:

  • The primary target group for this Course is school candidates in S3 and above.
  • 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 75 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Health Sector at SCQF level 5 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 Assessment Support Packs

Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) are published are on the secure area of the SQA website.

Qualification Verification Summary Reports