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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Full-time


If you are looking to pursue a career in a health profession which is both challenging and rewarding, then this course is for you.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date – Jun 2025

SCQF Level - 6

Mode – Full time

Days: TBC

Times: TBC

You may be a school leaver who, does not currently have the required entry qualifications to go direct to university.

The course is full time where you may be able to make an application through UCAS and upon completion to progress onto the first year of a nursing degree or onto HNC Healthcare Practice which could lead to an Allied Health Profession related degree. 

Our friendly lecturing team are highly qualified and have diverse experience across health and social care including medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and education.

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

  • What the course includes

    Throughout the course you will be studying a wide range of subject areas that will ensure that you have the best foundation to progress to the next stage of your studies. 

    The course includes: 

    • Communication NC, Literature 1 (Equivalent of Higher English) 
    • Numeracy 
    • The units of Higher Care - Human Development and Behaviour, Social Influences and Values and Principles 
    • Medical Terminology and Practical Skills 
    • Biology (Higher Human Biology units)
    • First Aid 
    • Mental Health Care
    • The course also has experience in a healthcare working environment

    You will be assessed in a variety of ways during the course. These will include essays, reports, presentations, and projects based on course content, as closed book assessments. 

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.

Please note that it may be a requirement to work 12-hour shifts on your healthcare work experience, so you need to be available to do this. 

Entry requirements

Please note this course is to prepare you for a career in health and social care

  • It is essential you are able to support others
  • You must be eligible to join the PVG scheme and must not be barred or under consideration for listing (criminal record check) 
  • 4 National 5’s including English and Biology or equivalent 
  • Work experience in health and social care is desirable 

If your aim is to progress directly to university from this course to study Nursing in addition to the above, you would require the following: 

  • A minimum of 1 Higher and National 5 Maths (this doesn’t guarantee entry) 

If you can demonstrate by recent relevant successful study at Level 5 your ability to work at Level 6 your application may be considered.

Your personal statement on your application should demonstrate the following:

  • Your skills and qualities and any relevant experience.
  • You should also include the field of Nursing or the Allied Health Profession you want to progress into and your reasons for applying for the course 

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

  • Where it leads

    Education:  Progress onto a relevant HNC.

    Alternatively, you may progress to university depending on your existing qualifications to study Nursing. Please note that this course would not normally give you access to Midwifery or Child Health Degrees. 

    Employment: Support worker or similar role in health and social care settings. Previous students have found employment within a range of health and social care organisations.

Interview arrangements

You will be asked to attend an in-person session at the college and should be available for at least three hours. 

Your personal statement along with your performance at the interview session will be used to inform our decision. You will be expected to bring proof of your qualifications to interview.

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.