UWS Healthcare Foundation Academy SFW @ SCQF Level 6


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 meet the entry criteria for nursing.

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 as well as legislation and protection issues, alongside supporting and enabling people to live independent lives.

You should be interested in health and social care and planning a career in that sector.

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


Online attendance and in person, when necessary, is expected 100% of the time. You must be able to fit this in your timetable as an equal priority with school subjects.

Entry Requirements

You must be a school student from a school who is participating in our College Academy offering.

You must already hold N5 Maths or be working towards it during school time.

You must already hold Higher English or be working towards it during school time.

You should have a further two National 5 awards at C or above.

You must be in 5th or 6th year at your school

You should fill in the application online as well as you possibly can.

Please make sure to answer the Supporting Information Questions on the application form, with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course.

You should be interested in a future career in health and social care. You should be a keen reader and writer and prepared to spend additional study time out-with class time.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

You should ensure you meet or are currently working towards meeting the entry criteria prior to application. If you will be sitting your qualifications in spring 2024, your offer will be subject to you successfully meeting the entry criteria.

Fill out the application form to the best of your ability. Remember this is a Degree Pathway programme with the opportunity of employment along the way.

Course Content

Mental health and mental illness, understanding dementia, legislation and policy, values and principles, protection and safeguarding, skills for employment

The content is subject to change


Essays, open book assignments, practical observation, reflective accounts


Successful completion of this programme will enable you to progress potentially to 1st year Adult or Mental Health Nursing at UWS OR HNC Healthcare Practice with the College

Career Prospects

Study in College (full time), home care worker, care home worker, health care support worker

Additional funding information


Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson email hodgsonm@dumgal.ac.uk

Selling Points

The Skills for Work Qualification allows candidates to research the wide range of career opportunities in health and social care, and to understand the skills and qualities needed.

The First Steps to Nursing programme allows a taste of the next level up of study from Higher

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