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Access to Nursing


  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 4
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course provides a grounding for those wanting to work in the health and social care professions.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level - 4

Mode –  Full time

It gives various options for progression, and involves classroom study and opportunities to engage with health and social care employers through volunteering/work experience.  

Read about Edward Currier's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course includes: 

    • Mental Health First Aid at Level 5 (an exciting new addition at Level 4)
    • An Introduction to Basic First Aid  
    • Social Influences 
    • Human Development and Behaviour 
    • Improving Health and Wellbeing
    • The Mental Health Award (three units to support understanding around mental health and wellbeing)
    • A range of personal development units 
    • Working in non-clinical roles / Physiology of the cardiovascular system
    • Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing

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


Why choose this course

This course builds, confidence, resilience and self-care strategies, whilst developing your employability skills.

You will meet a range of professionals, and guest speakers from a variety of organisations to build your knowledge and understanding of the diversity of services across the Lothians and Scotland wide to support you in career planning.

There are lots of opportunities to learn through a diversity of learning activities including practical work with others.

Entry requirements

  • It is essential that you are able to support others in preparation for the workplace. This will include being able to support your class peers
  • You must be eligible to join the PVG scheme and must not be barred or under consideration for listing (criminal record check)

Please note: This course is to prepare you for a career in health and social care.

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: 

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 & 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.