UWS Healthcare Foundation Academy SFW @ SCQF Level 5


This is a schools Foundation Academy course delivered in partnership with UWS and the NHS. You will be a UWS Associate Student on the pathway towards a degree in nursing.

Successfully completing this programme alongside other specific subjects at your school will mean you may go on to the level 6 Foundation Academy course whilst still at school next year.

It is a challenging theory-based course where a considerable proportion of your learning is online/hybrid.

The course will help you develop an understanding of the skills, principles and qualities needed to work in the sector.

There is some biology, employability, and a study of different roles within a health care career.

You should be interested in health and social care and planning a career in that sector. This route is particularly interesting as it is a clear pathway for those who plan to become nurses.

You may have the opportunity for a one-week placement with the NHS early in the year and then later you will have a one-week placement with UWS to give you experience of what university study is like.

You will also be using the NHS TURAS website for some of your learning.

You will need to be an organised and independent learner who can work with minimum direction as a considerable amount of the study will be online/hybrid. For the Skills for Work Health and Social Care award you will be mostly learning online lessons and for a little of that time you will be participating in simulated practice and role play in our state-of-the-art Care Hub.

Towards the end of your time with college you will move to begin a short First Steps to Nursing Course with our UWS partners. This is at SCQF level 7 and will count as one Higher.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Your attendance is required 100% of the time and you will need to submit work on time and be engaged with all the learning activities and resources. This is a great opportunity to make an impression with us, UWS and the NHS as a potential employee

Entry Requirements

You need to have National 4 Maths and be working towards National 5

You need to have National 4 English and be working towards National 5

You need to be studying towards another two National 5 qualifications, it would be preferred if one was a science.

You need to be in S5 or S6 at school – we cannot accept S4 to the programme.

If you are in S6 you need to be studying or have passed N5 Maths and Higher English in addition to this programme

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Read the entry criteria carefully. Sell yourself on the application form. We expect this to be a competitive application and we may not be able to offer a space for everyone who wants to be a nurse – make sure your application stands out.

Course Content

Biology, meta-skills, employment with the NHS, Healthcare, Wellbeing, Health Promotion


Assessment is ongoing throughout the year and includes practical assessments and project work.


On successful completion of the course, you can progress to the level 6 UWS foundation academy programme if you are still at school, or you may wish to progress to a full time programme at college

Career Prospects

Health and Social Care Support Worker

Healthcare Administration

Further study at College/University

Additional funding information


Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson hodgsonm@dumgal.ac.uk

Selling Points

You will be an associate student of UWS, gain a recognised qualification, taught by industry experts, recognise your meta-skills and reflect on them, and have experience built up towards your goal of working in the sector.

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