This is an exciting academic programme potentially leading to further study at HNC level. The majority of the course will be through live online lessons through Teams. Attention to detail, a thirst for learning, and a desire to work with older adults to enable independence will be essential for those who apply for this programme. You will gain insight into academic theories around behaviour and society alongside a sound understanding of the values and principles as well as legislation.
You will spend considerable time learning through our website, and additional time will be needed to study outwith the college hours.
If you have a supportive and understanding network around you then you are more likely to be successful on this programme, as the ability to devote time needed to study is a must.
You will be doing a lot of independent research online and there is a considerable amount of written work.
- You must have 4 relevant National 5 level qualifications at b or above. Preference will be given to those whose qualifications include English and Maths.
- You should ensure you have completed the application form accurately with a supporting statement of no less than 250 words.
- You will undergo an interview with a member of college staff who will determine your suitability for the programme
- You must demonstrate motivation and possess appropriate abilities and skills for this programme
- This is a demanding and challenging course, and you must have the capacity to attend 100% and commit the time to studying during and outwith college hours.
- To begin studying for a career in care you should ensure you have had your Covid vaccinations. For the days when you will be required to attend the College you may be required to demonstrate that you have had a negative lateral flow test.
Information and Interview Session Requirements
- You must respond to the information and interview session invitation – your appointment may be offered to someone else if you do not. This interview may be via Teams or phone.
- You must share evidence of your qualifications
- You should also be prepared to discuss and give your opinion on the following:
- Your strengths and weaknesses
- Skills that you have that would be useful during the course of study
- Your understanding of current social issues
- Your understanding of the current key issues in care
- And “Is it better to support people to remain independent in their own home?”
Psychology, sociology, values and principles, resilience, understanding mental illness, social services are all on the programme. Your core skills will be embedded within the units you will study.
Progression may be to employment in the health and social services sector, or you may have sufficient additional qualifications and experience to gain a place on an HNC programme, where securing a place is competitive.
If you intend to progress to another programme within the College, you must be able to obtain a positive progressing learner reference/ recommendation from your course tutor.
You should be applying for work within the care sector, or you may be eligible to apply for HNC level study.
Additional funding information
If you already have experience of working in care but want to see if you can gain the qualifications towards helping you gain promotion, then this is the course for you.