Access to Nursing

What is special about this course?

Our Access to Nursing course is exactly what you will need if you are thinking of a career in nursing or care.

If you would like to train for employment in the health industry, this could be the course for you.

Health care is provided in settings such as nursing homes, residential homes, hospitals and resource centres for people with learning disabilities. The demands for a skilled health care workforce are increasing.

This course provides a range of topics both theoretical and practical related to working in this sector.

Care workers must operate from a good ethical value base and so you will study the principles underpinning the National Occupational Standards and National Care Standards. The programme will allow you to meet the professional standards required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 3 National 5s or NC Child, Health and Social Care or equivalent.

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. You will attend an interview. You are required to have a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check to enable participation in work placement. This will be provided as a mandatory part of your course.

Preparation for higher education

Understanding of mental health and mental illness

Working as a team in a care setting

Health promotion

Understanding the needs of the older person

Caring for people with dementia

Care Higher 4 credits

  • Care Human Development and Behaviour
  • Care Social Influences
  • Care Values & Principles
  • Exam

Human Biology Higher 4 credits (evening class)

  • Human Cells
  • Physiology and Health
  • Neurobiology and Immunology
  • Exam

English Higher (evening class)

  • Portfolio of writing
  • Performance – spoken language
  • Close Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation
  • Scottish Text analysis and Critical Essay on a second text

2 Week Work Placement

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis. 

Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers,students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning covers lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning.

Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:
• posting your idea in a discussion forum,
• completing a quiz,
• practising a task, activity or idea
• watching a video or reading,
• discussing and working on a solution with another student,
• researching and gathering information,
• completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

Your connected learning will take place in an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students. We have ten college centres and there may be an option to study some of the time from your local centre. This will depend on social distancing limitations.


How long will my course last?


34 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    Coursework is assessed internally (in class) as well as external SQA Higher exams in May.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

September

Fees

Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact funding.whc@uhi.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

Funding

Students may qualify for bursary, EMA or childcare funding. Please contact your local college centre or Student Services for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course, you could apply to study nursing at a variety of institutions, including University of the Highlands and Islands-Inverness.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I had a very positive experience studying in Auchtertyre – lots of support and close to home. College was a good step between school and university. You are treated like an adult and are supported in your learning whilst also taking the responsibility to direct your own learning, which is very valuable practice for university. 

We covered a wide range of modules related to nursing, along with 3 Highers: Care, English and Biology and it fulfilled its purpose by giving me the chance to get the specialist qualifications I needed, whilst being able to leave the school environment.

I am now nearing the end of my first year studying Adult Nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands and I am loving every minute of it. The knowledge I gained in the A2N course has been extremely valuable, and definitely helped me progress on my career path.

Louise O'Neill

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