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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • 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.

If you are looking to pursue a career in a health profession which is both challenging and rewarding then this course is for you. You may be a school leaver who as yet, does not have the required entry qualifications to go direct to University. The course is a fulltime course where you maybe able to top up your qualifications to make an application through UCAS 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. 

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 
    • First Aid 
    • Mental Health 
    • The course also has work experience 

    The course involves essays, reports, presentations and projects based on course content, as well as work experience. 

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 work experience so you need to be available to do this. 

Entry requirements

  • National 5 English and Biology or equivalent 
  • National units in a social subject at SCQF level 5 
  • Work experience in health and social care is desirable 
  • You must be eligible to join the PVG scheme and must not be barred or under consideration for listing (criminal record check). 
  • It is essential you are able to support others

If your aim is to progress directly to University 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 

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:  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 3 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.