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  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
  • 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 is a good option for those who are interested in developing the knowledge and skills needed for working in the health and social care professions. You will develop skills and understanding to work within different care settings and with a variety of different service users

Read about Nicola Boyd's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Social influences
    • Human development and behaviour
    • Special needs and support services
    • Mental health issues
    • Volunteer award 
    • Communication, numeracy and IT

    You will learn about the values and principles of health and social care, and gain a volunteering skills award. Develop skills to support working within a care environment.

Why choose this course

You will develop employability skills through volunteering.

Entry requirements

  • Four National 4 or Intermediate 1 qualifications, one of which must be English, or equivalent
  • Supporting statement
  • Applicants must be eligible for PVG scheme membership.

We may consider application from people who do not have these qualifications.

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

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    Where it leads

    Education: NC health and social care level 6 or other NQ higher-level courses within West Lothian College.

    Employment: Progression route to careers in social services, social work, community work.  

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 200 words) which includes:

  • What attracts you to health and social care as a profession
  • The qualities you have that would make you suited to a career in care
  • Your goals for the future
  • Any other relevant information to support your application

The interview involves:

  • Individual discussion
  • 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, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.