Technology Enabled Care (SCQF level 7) PDA

Course code 403P

What is special about this course?

This course has been designed and developed to support Scotland's National Digital Health and Care Strategy and workforce education around technology enabled care. It would be of interest to those who are new to technology enabled care as well as those who have experience within the field. It is specifically designed to enable you to develop or advance your knowledge, skills and abilities in this ever-changing field of practice. 

Technology enabled care is used to describe a range of care and support options available via digital technology, telephone, mobile, broadband and video-conferencing, to support people in their home and with professionals at a distance (NES, 2018).

The course also provides the opportunity for you to develop underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Health and Social Care. It does not provide automatic certification of skills and is dependent on the information produced by you.

Special features

  • This course is delivered completely online, so you can study when and where it suits you
  • The course can be completed in one 17-week semester
  • The course will support your continuing professional development, enabling you to renew practice and to keep knowledge current
  • Offers a wide scope of understanding of how technology enabled care supports those in health, housing and social contexts

Entry requirements

  • SCQF Level 5 Communications, but consideration will be given for relevant work experience
  • You should have good communication skills, both written and oral, evidenced by the achievement of a communication unit at SCQF Level 5
  • Alternatively, your communication skills could be evidenced by an employer's reference, or by the process of application and/or pre-course interview
  • You should also be in a work situation that allows you to demonstrate the evidence requirements for this course through real or simulated work activities

Year 1 - PDA

The core module is:

  • Technology Enabled Care

Optional modules include:

  • Digital technology to support those in health, housing and care contexts
  • Call handling
  • Response

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 17 weeks @ 4 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll
  • Perth

Start date

  • January


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the course may lead to enhanced career opportunities. 

Can I progress into further study?

After successful completion of this course you may wish to consider progression to an HNC programme such as:

  • HNC Health and Social Care
  • HNC Health and Social Studies
  • HNC Child and Youth Studies

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Technology Enabled Care (SCQF level 7) PDA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2025

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