Access to Nursing (SCQF 6) (study from anywhere) Certificate
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.
Successful completion of this course will allow you to apply to study BSc Nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
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 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.
We’ll be inviting you by email to attend course information sessions between now and the start of your course. We’d urge you to come along if at all possible.
Understanding of mental health and mental illness
Working as a team in a care setting
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
Human Biology Higher 4 credits (evening class)
- Human Cells
- Physiology and Health
- Neurobiology and Immunology
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
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
Each week will be a combination 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
Where can I study my course?
- Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre
Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.
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?
Successful completion of this course will allow you to apply to BSc Nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
This course was a very positive experience for me. It is 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. 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.
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