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From part-time courses to help you begin a new career to full-time degrees for those working to become lead practitioners, Course Leader Andy Gibb talks us through the carefully designed Health and Social Care courses and how they enable you to join a vitally important sector with a huge range of career options.

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Health and Social Care NC Level 6

Health and social care is provided in settings such as nursing homes, residential homes for the elderly, hospitals and resource centres for people with learning disabilities. This NC provides a range of topics both theoretical and practical and you will investigate who needs care, what types of care are available and the responsibilities of a care worker.

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Social Services HNC

HNC Social Services is a nationally recognised qualification and a valued award for people who want to work in a variety of social service settings, supporting individuals with varying needs. Successful completion of the award will enable you to gain access to employment within a social service setting.

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Men into Care NPA

Due to the increasing number of men living longer there is a greater need for male care workers to help support with daily living and personal care. This part-time course is designed to help male students develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service users to increase the number of male care workers in the local area. You might also be interested in our Men into Childcare course.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When? 1 evening per week plus personal study
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Elaine Stoddart and Kasha Mackay

After completing their Social Services HNC with us Elaine Stoddart and Kasha Mackay progressed onto BSc in Nursing. They're currently working in the NHS on clinical placement.

"Completing this course gave us the confidence and opportunity to further our education. Our nursing experience has been rewarding and fulfilling to date and it has allowed us numerous learning experiences both on wards and in community settings."

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Access to Nursing

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.

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SWAP Access to Nursing

If you would 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 Widening 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 Studies BA (Hons)

This 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. It can be studied entirely online.

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If you're already working year round in a childcare setting or with older or vulnerable adults you might consider one of our Work-based Learning courses. Learn on a part-time flexible basis while you're still earning. To find out more please email workbasedlearning.whc@uhi.ac.uk

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Social Services and Health Care SVQ2

Are you working regularly with older or vulnerable adults as part of your full time employment? This flexible work-based course will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills while you continue to earn an income.

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Social Services and Health Care SVQ3

Taking this course will allow you to register as a practitioner with the Scottish Social Services Council on completion. You could also continue to gain higher qualifications at work or think about studying at degree level.