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  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 4
  • Course Type:   Short 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 provides a grounding for those wanting to work in the health and social care professions. It gives various options for progression, and involves classroom study and work experience.

Read about Jeanette Dobson's West Lothian College experience here

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    What this course includes

    The course includes:

    • Health and safety
    • Sociology (How social influences impact on care)
    • Psychology (How human development and behaviour impact on care)
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Values and principles in care
    • Introduction to Mental Health
    • Personal Development Units

    You will get the chance to learn about various health and social care settings.


Why choose this course?

You will develop a variety of skills throughout the course

Entry requirements

  • No formal qualifications
  • Applicants must be eligible for PVG scheme membership

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

  • Where it leads

    Education: SCQF level 5 courses in health and social care or other level 5 courses at West Lothian College.

    Employment: in health and social care settings as a support worker.

Interview arrangements

An information session which includes:

  • Online task
  • A possible face to face or telephone interview

You should plan to be in college for around two hours. Please bring evidence of qualifications already gained and a pre-prepared personal statement (maximum of 200 words) which includes your:

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

Fees, finance and 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.