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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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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
    • Therapeutic relationships: understanding behaviour
    • Individual pathways in professional practice
    • Understanding personal and professional development
    • Sociology for care: an introduction
    • Learning through practice, care and administrative practice: graded unit 1, physiology for care professionals
    • Essential skills for care practice and principles of professional practice
    • Health promotion in changing society
    • Healthcare policy
    • Communication, information communication technology, numeracy, problem solving and working with others
    • Practical skills, critical thinking, reflection and personal effectiveness

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
  • 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, physiotherapy, 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

If we invite you for interview, plan to be in college for around two hours.

Please bring evidence of qualifications already gained and a pre-prepared personal statement (maximum of 300 words) which covers:

  • Qualifications
  • Work experience/volunteering experience/life experience
  • Personal qualities and interests
  • Reasons for applying for the course

The interview involves:

  • Information session
  • Group discussion

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, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.