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Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Course now full

NQ Healthcare (Level 6) will provide you with not only the theoretical knowledge and understanding of care practice but will also teach you a range of practical caring skills which you will be expected to demonstrate with service users during a work placement within the care sector. This placement introduces you to nursing and care professions with the practice placement area and provides you with valuable work experience.

Successful completion of this course may enable you to progress to employment within the sector or to further study on care-related courses.

What will I learn?

Examples of the units that may be undertaken in NQ Health Care course are: 

  • Foundation skills for care practice 
  • Care: Human development and behaviour 
  • Health promotion 
  • Care: Social influences 
  • Understanding mental health and mental illness 
  • Care: Values and principles 
  • Numeracy 
  • First Aid 
  • Practical placement 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Four National 5s, or equivalent, one of which must be English; OR 
  • NC Health Care , Social Care or Childcare at Level 5, or equivalent 
  • If English is not your first language you should have ESOL at Level 5, or equivalent. 
  • Applications are also invited from individuals with no formal qualifications but who have relevant life /work experience, ideally from within the care sector, these applicants will be considered on an individual basis.   

Additional Information 

  • You will be asked to provide one suitable reference; 
  • A group interview with individual activity and group discussion will be required for this course; 
  • You will be required to complete a PVG. This will be paid for by the college. 
  • You will be offered Hep B vaccinations 

Due to the volume of applications for this course, not every applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements will be called for interview

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

The work placement provided on this course is within a range of health care settings such as care homes, day centres, ASN schools and offers employment opportunities and work experience with a variety of health care professionals.

Jobs and further study

Successful students may progress to nursing and allied health degrees at university, as well as a range of HNC courses at Glasgow Clyde College:

  • HNC Healthcare Practice
  • HNC Occupational Therapy Support
  • HNC Social Services
  • PDA Maternity Support
  • Higher Education nursing courses and allied health professions (additional Highers required)
  • Jobs as a health care support worker in health or social care setting.

Take a look at the course progression map for health 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply 
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team, and you will either be: 

  • Invited to attend an information and activity session. Please note: You should provide proof of qualifications and one satisfactory reference prior to coming along to this session.  A group interview will take place which will include an individual activity and group discussion.  
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.   

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out in June / July.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6189