Healthcare Practice

West Lothian College


This course develops the skills and knowledge to enable students to progress to university degree programmes in the health sector, or clinical roles in the NHS workforce at level 3 of the NHS career framework.

The course includes:

Safe Working Practice for Care - including risk assessment, first aid and dealing with behaviour that challenge; Clinical Skills for Care Practitioners - including practical skills and calculations; Professional Standards for Care Practice - Values and principles of care and codes of practice; The Human Body on Health and Illness; Understanding Personal and Professional Development; Sociology and Health in Scotland; Therapeutic Relationships: Understanding Behaviour - focussing on communication, psychology and its role in understanding behaviour. In addition looking at discrimination, prejudice and stigma relating to marginalised groups.; Exploring Mental Health Healthcare Practice Graded Unit 1; Individual Pathways in Health and Social Care; Health Promotion in a changing society.

Entry Requirements

2 relevant Highers including English plus National 5 Biology, or relevant Foundation Apprenticeship plus National 5 Biology or Chemistry, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Pre-entry test.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Possible progression to degree level in Social Work or Community Education offered by a range of higher education institutions.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health and Social Care

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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