Step Into Care SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

This course is designed to build up your skills and confidence to help you move on to your chosen area of care practice. It is ideal if you have little formal qualification, but wish to develop your skills to work in a care setting.


Entry requirements

  • Applicants should be able to study at National 4 level or equivalent.

You will cover the following subjects on the one year programme starting in September:

  • Health Sector: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Health Sector: Health Awareness
  • Beauty Skills: An Introduction
  • Exploring and Improving Wellbeing
  • Care: Human Development and Behaviour
  • Care: Social Influences
  • Care: Investigating Services Assignment
  • People and Society: Comparing and Contrasting
  • Coping Strategies and Building Resilience
  • Influences on Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Understanding Mental Health Issues
  • Practical Caring Skills
  • Studies Advisor
  • Care Practice Study Skills
  • Communication
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Approx. 3 days per week of full study.

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

    Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

    Scottish students

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



    Full-time per year



    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full-time per year


    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full time per year


     Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.


    You may be eligible to apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance or Bursary.

    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase a textbook as part of this course (approx £10). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.


    What can I do on completion of my course?

    A range of care courses at SCQF level 5 can be accessed with this qualification including the Introduction to Childhood Practice.

    Is there more information available online?

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.