What is special about this course?
If you’d like to train in the health industry but lack the necessary qualifications, this could be the course for you.
This full time course allows students the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the health care industry for employment in a health or care setting or progression on to Higher Education in a health or care profession.
- Four National 5 qualifications or equivalent, including English and a science subject (preferably Biology).
- Experience of working in a care setting is desirable but not essential
- Good communication skills and a real interest in working with people
- A successful interview
If you satisfy the SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) criteria, please see the separate course listing for Access to Nursing (SWAP). SWAP criteria are:
- Out of education for at least 3 years and your highest qualification is SCQF level 5 (Standard Grade, Int 2, GCSE or equivalent),or
- Out of education for at least 5 years and your highest qualification is SCQF level 6 or higher (Highers, A Levels, HN or equivalent)
This 18 credit course includes units on the principles and values of Care and Human Biology, as well as other health-related units appropriate for a career in Nursing. You will also learn the core skills of Numeracy and ICT.
In order to equip you with flexible qualifications for progression, you will complete the Scottish Highers in Care and Human Biology, as well as the Communication (NC) and Literature 1 units which equate to Higher English for entry to many university courses.
During the course you will take part in a small number of study days in Oban, where you will undertake learning activities in a clinical environment.
The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence required to work as part of a care team and enter into Higher Education.
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
Face to face and blended learning.
How long will my course last?
1 Academic Years
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Local Centres
The course will start at the beginning of September of each year.
For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.
What can I do on completion of my course?
- First year of a Nursing Programme at a variety of Universities in Scotland.
- BA Health and Social Studies at University of Highlands and Islands.
- HNC Social Care
- Further studies in paramedic or allied health professions.
- Employment in a health/care environment
Please note that this course will not give you access to Midwifery or Child Health Degree Programmes
Is there more information available online?
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