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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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Health and Social Care: an Introduction SCQF level 6

As people live longer the care sector has ever-expanding employment opportunities where older people require assistance with personal care and support. This course consists of a mix of SQA accredited health and social care units and several short courses such as manual handling, food hygiene and personal grooming.

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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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Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice PDA

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Award 'Promoting Excellence in Dementia Skilled Practice' has been designed to specifically reflect the knowledge and skills required by all staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers.

The award is aimed at health and social care support workers or practitioners and is particularly suited to staff who already hold an approved care qualification.

  • Where? All centres
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time: 1 year
  • 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(work-based)
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page