Healthcare (Higher)

Borders College


Scottish Borders Campus


This course comprises of a collection of units at Higher level, and includes a care work placement. The Award also includes NPA in Health and Social Care.

If you have been out of education for 3 years you will be eligible for Access to Nursing status, this will be confirmed once you enroll on the course. This course is also part of the Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP). SWAP programmes are for adults who have few or no formal qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if you have Highers or an HN).

Successful completion can lead you to a place on an HNC or degree course at college or university in the east of Scotland (for more information about SWAP and progression options, visit the SWAP East website (

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5 including English and Biology; or Health and Social Care (National 5).

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

Relevant HNC

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


Care and Education

SCQF Level