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  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

This course develops the skills and knowledge to enable students to progress to university degree programmes in the health sector, or clinical roles in the NHS workforce at level 3 of the NHS career framework.

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    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Safe Working Practice for Care -including risk assessment, first aid and dealing with behaviour that challenge
    • Clinical Skills for Care Practitioners - including practical skills and calculations
    • Professional Standards for Care Practice - Values and principles of care and codes of practice
    • The Human Body on Health and Illness
    • Understanding Personal and Professional Development
    • Sociology and Health in Scotland
    • Therapeutic Relationships: Understanding Behaviour - focussing on communication, psychology and its role in understanding behaviour. In addition looking at discrimination, prejudice and stigma relating to marginalised groups.
    • Exploring Mental Health Healthcare Practice Graded Unit 1
    • Individual Pathways in Health and Social Care
    • Health Promotion in a changing society

Why choose this course

You will develop your skills and relate theory to practice through work experience in a healthcare setting.

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers at grade C or above, one must be English or equivalent, and one other relevant subject such as care plus
  • Biology at National 5 level
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject plus study of science at school either biology or chemistry
  • We also consider SVQ Level 2 qualifications
  • Applicants must be eligible for PVG scheme membership

We consider applications from those who do not have these qualifications.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: year one of a university degree in various branches of nursing, and occupational therapy, paramedic science, and nutrition and dietetics. Previous students have progressed onto courses at University of Stirling, QMU, Edinburgh Napier, Robert Gordon University, University of the West of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University.

    Employment: senior health care support worker in either a clinical or non-clinical setting in the NHS. Previous students have found employment within the sector with organisations including Enable and West Lothian Council.

Interview arrangements

Online link and task for selection, no requirement for face to face interview.

Decision based on entry qualifications and answer to the task.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.