HNC Care & Administrative Practice (NHS)

Please note that due to COVID-19, this course will initially be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning. When delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place.

Please Note: This course is only available to staff employed by NHS Forth Valley in an appropriate clinical role. Please ensure that you have your line managers support before you submit an application. For any further information on this course please contact or

This course develops a range of skills and qualities essential for a career in healthcare. Students will attend both College and a work placement in a care setting. Students will be prepared for progression to university or directly to employment within the health sector.


  • Safe Working Practices for Care
  • Essential Skills for Care Practice
  • Therapeutic Relationships
  • Sociology for Care
  • Individual Pathways for Health and Social Care
  • Physiology for Care Professionals

  • Health Care Support Worker
  • Nursing

On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into year 1 or 2 of the following degree programmes:

BSc Nursing (Adult/Mental Health) - Stirling University

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult/Mental Health/Learning Disabilities) - GCU

Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice - Open University

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing - Open University

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing - Open University

Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.



  • Successful interview
  • Permission from your employer to complete the course


You may also have: 

  • Two Highers at grade C or above including English or Communication 4/Literature 1 and National 5 award (or equivalent) in Maths
  • Successful completion of a relevant access course, such as SWAP Access to Nursing (SCQF Level 6)
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant paid workplace experience, or alternative qualifications may be considered

  • Location

    Stirling Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    30 August 2021

  • End date

    10 June 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7