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  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • 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 developing the knowledge, key skills and values needed to work in health and social care.

If you are interested in working as a support worker, this course will teach you about effective practice as a healthcare worker, practical caring skills and how to communicate effectively within a care setting.

Read about Toni Marie Mollon's West Lothian College experience here

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    What the course covers

    The course includes the following units from the NPA:

    • Practical caring skills
    • Safe practice in care
    • Person-centred approach to care

    It also includes various core skills plus:

    • First aid
    • Human body
    • Communication in care relationships 
    • Social services in Scotland
    • Medical Terminology
    • Human Development

    The course involves essays, reports, presentations and projects based on course content, and an assessed work placement.

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Why choose this course

You will learn about best practice in health and social care settings and get the chance to progress to further study or work.

Entry requirements

  • NQ units in English or communications at SCQF level 5
  • NQ units in a social subject or science subject at SCQF level 5
  • Work experience in health and social care is desirable
  • 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: HNC Healthcare Practice or HNC social services.

    Employment: Clinical support worker or similar role in health and social care settings. Previous students have found employment with NHS Lothian and Middleton Hall Care Home.

Interview arrangements

If we will invite you for interview, please expect to be in college for around 3 hours. The interview involves:

  • Information session
  • Individual discussion
  • Group discussion

As part of the interview process for the course, you will be invited if you meet the entry requirements to complete an electronic task that will be based on the values that are expected within care.  You will be sent a link to do this. This task in addition to your personal statement will assist us in making our selection. Prior to the start of the course you will be invited to meet as a group either in person or online.

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.