First Steps to Care
First Steps to Care (Level 5) has been designed to introduce you to the underpinning knowledge and skills to help you to access employment in care settings or for possible progression to full time courses in the college. The course will run over 2.5 days per week for 8 weeks.
What will I learn?
The course is made up of a mixture of SQA units and college based units that will introduce you to
- Risk assessments in care settings
- Moving and assisting
- Prevention of infection
- Basic healthcare needs
- Communication and values for care workers
- Improving health and well-being
Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- One suitable reference
- An interview will be required for this course
Due to the volume of applications for this course, not every applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements will be called for interview.
Employer and industry links
The course has been designed to link to possible employment in the care sector and a guaranteed interview scheme is being set up with local employers to support this.
PVG disclosure will be required and this will be paid for by the college.
Jobs and further study
- Links to employment at care support worker level
- Progression to full-time level 5 health and social care courses
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- Stage 1; one appropriate reference should be submitted prior to being selected for interview.
On receipt of application/reference form you will be contacted to arrange a Zoom interview.
- Unconditional place: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.
- Conditional place: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements, references supplied and qualifications verified.
- Waiting list: you have met all the entry requirements however the course is full. If any spaces become available you will be contacted prior to the start of course.
- Unsuccessful: you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the college Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.