Higher Health Care - FT - including Access to Nursing


05 Sep 2022


23 Jun 2023

The programme is made up of national units at Higher level, Higher Human Biology Units, Higher Care, Lit 1 and Communication (equivalent to Higher English). The Award also includes NPA in Health and Social Care. The range of subjects includes Social Influences, Human Development and Behaviour, Safeguarding, Values and Principles in Care, Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness. The course also includes a care work placement. If you have been out of education for 3 years you will be eligible for Access to Nursing status, this will be confirmed once you enroll on the course. Please read the Important Notice at www.borderscollege.ac.uk/uni

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NPA in Health and Social Care and a collection of Higher units at SCQF level 6


Full-time 36 week course, 3 days per week in College/ online, 1 day per week on placement


Scottish Borders Campus

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Entry requirements

An award in Child, Health and Social Care Higher, or a minimum of 4 National 5 awards, or 4 Standard Grade passes at Credit level or 3 Intermediate 2 passes, to include both English and Biology. Students will also be required to complete a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) form. Applicants may be required to complete a preparatory course as a condition of being placed on this course.

Progression opportunities

The course is suitable for applicants who wish to prepare for further studies in Health or Social Care, e.g. HNC Health Care at Borders College, or a Degree in Nursing Studies, or for those who wish to go directly into employment in health-related areas, e.g. as a Health Care Support Worker. This route will also require a positive reference from the course tutor and work placement. Students who have successfully gained additional Highers at school prior to joining Borders College may be eligible to progress through the UCAS system to a Nursing Degree programme on successful completion of Higher Health Care. This route will also require a positive reference from the course tutor and work placement. *Please note this route is not appropriate for those applicants wishing to pursue specialist nursing routes such as Midwifery or Paediatric nursing. Please refer to your chosen University admissions department directly for entry requirement advice for these specialist routes.


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