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There are many levels of study available depending on whether you're just starting out or are currently working in an health or care based setting and want to increase your skillset

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Access to Nursing (SWAP)

If you’d like to train in the health industry but lack the necessary qualifications, this could be the course for you.
Access to Nursing is part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for people who have been out of formal education for at least 3 years It prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education and can lead to a place at college or university.

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Access to Care (Health & Early Years) NQ Level 5

This course offers foundational knowledge in Childcare and Health & Social Care, leading to careers in Nursing, Care Practitioner, Social Work or Teaching, among others. It’s scheduled conveniently for parents to fit around Nursery/School hours and is also suitable for school leavers or those seeking a career change.

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NQ Health & Social Care

This course is an ideal step for anyone who has already undertaken some study in Health and Social Care and is now looking to pursue a career in the sector, whether that be in Nursing, Midwifery, the Ambulance Service or other health care roles. 

It will provide you with the skills and experience required to progress on to further study at HNC level, or enter employment as a Support Worke

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Social Services HNC

This is a valued award for those in a variety of social service settings, supporting individuals with different needs. You will study the principles of social services and learn how to integrate those values with the necessary skills. Course content is in line with the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

  • Where? All centres
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time or Part-time (structured)
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 6

The SCQF level 6 Social Services and Healthcare is designed for students who want to work in the Social Care sector, specialising in the care of adults. Work settings could include residential care for the elderly, working in the community, learning disability services, mental health, care at home etc. Students need to be working in a care setting to undertake this course.

  • Where? All centres (Work-based)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 7

The SCQF level 7 Social Services and Healthcare is designed for students who want to work in the Social Care sector, specialising in the care of adults. Work settings could include residential care for the elderly, working in the community, learning disability services, mental health, care at home etc. Students need to be working in a care setting to undertake this course.

  • Where? All centres (Work-based)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9

The SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 9 is mandatory for those employed in deputy and/or management positions within the adult care sector. It is a requirement of the Scottish Social Services Council that people involved in adult care at a senior level have achieved, or are working towards, this qualification.

  • Where? All centres (Work-based)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Leading and Managing Care Services SCQF level 9

If you are a manager in a care setting this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) award can help you in your career development. It is designed to meet the registration requirements set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for managers.

This CPD Award Leading and Managing Care Services (SCQF level 9) is particularly suited to staff who already hold an approved care qualification. The award can be completed within 12 months and a student adviser will provide ongoing support throughout your studies.

The programme includes a mandatory induction and tutorials which are highly recommended.

Candidates need to have good experience in the care sector. Ideally, candidates should be working in a supervisory or management position.

  • Where? All centres 
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time (unstructured)
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Administration of Medication PDA

This course is an essential part of training for all carers involved in the administration of medication in care homes, residential care or care at home services.

The award will become part of the recommended CPD for staff working in this sector. The PDA consists of two units: Administration of Medication and Administer Medication to Individuals.

  • Where? All centres (Work-based)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Technology Enabled Care PDA

This course has been designed and developed to support Scotland's National Digital Health and Care Strategy and workforce education around technology-enabled care. It would be of interest to those who are new to technology-enabled care as well as those who have experience within the field. It is specifically designed to enable you to develop or advance your knowledge, skills and abilities in this ever-changing field of practice. 

The course also provides the opportunity for you to develop underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Health and Social Care. It does not provide automatic certification of skills and is dependent on the information produced by you.

  • Where? All centres (Online)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time (structured)
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Health and Social Studies BA (Hons)

This BA (Hons) Health and Social Studies* course focuses on topical health issues including sociology, psychology, public health, rural health issues, health care ethics and the integration of health and social care.

In the first year, you will be introduced to the many factors that influence health and well-being and the issues which need to be considered in defining what it means to be healthy. You will also develop skills in academic enquiry and writing.

The second and third years build on this knowledge and look more closely at health promotion, public health, ethics, partnership working and collaboration, and skills in research.

The fourth year gives the opportunity to further build on knowledge and skills in these areas, and undertake a dissertation.

  • Where? All centres
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time, Part-time (structured) or Part-time (unstructured)
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page