Care support worker

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Currently employed in Scotland


Starter salary


Experienced salary


Currently employed in Scotland


Salary information is provided by the "National Careers Service". "Oxford Economics" supplies job forecasts and employment figures.

Due to COVID-19 the jobs market is constantly changing. Some of the information may not reflect the current situation.

What's it like?

You would support people who have difficulties with daily activities like dressing, shopping and housework. You could work with children, people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or families.

You’d sensitively and tactfully talk to people about their needs. You’d bring your humour and cheerfulness to doing the tasks that will make their lives easier and more pleasant.

You could work with people in their own homes, in sheltered housing, at day centres or in places like nursing homes.

Depending on where you work, you would:

  • Get to know the individuals, their interests and their needs
  • Help with daily personal care like washing, dressing, using the toilet and eating
  • Do general tasks such as housework, laundry and shopping
  • Help people with their money, pay bills and write letters
  • Make arrangements for fun things to do
  • Help people go to and from a residential home, such as taking a young person to a local college

You could be involved in helping other members of the family get used to new caring responsibilities.

Working with other health and social care professionals, you would arrange care and development plans specifically for each individual. You’d work to health and safety guidelines.

Working conditions


Your working hours will vary, depending on your job, and may include evenings, weekends or split shifts. Part-time hours are widely available.


If you work at a residential location, you may be expected to stay overnight on a rota basis. In some jobs, for example as a personal assistant, you might live in.


If you work in the community you may need to travel between clients’ homes.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Resilience
  • Cooperating
  • Supporting
  • Listening
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Empathising
  • Respecting
  • Social conscience
  • Attention to detail

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Getting in

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

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You'll need an SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare (SCQF Level 6). You can work towards your qualification on the job or through a Modern Apprenticeship. Your employer would support you with time to complete your qualification.

You can also enter this role by completing an HNC in Social Services (SCQF Level 7) at college. 

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Care
  • Childcare and development
  • Health and food technologies

You will also need

You would register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and have approved membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland.


Helpful to have

A driving licence is useful and may be required for some roles.