HNC Healthcare Practice (NHS)

This course is only available for application from current NHS Healthcare Support Workers in Forth Valley NHS. 

This course is fully funded by your employer and you do not require SAAS funding. If you require any additional information on this please contact or

This course develops a range of skills and knowledge essential for a career in healthcare. Students will attend College two days a week while working. Students will be prepared for progression to university or continued employment within the health sector.

  • Safe Working Practice for Care
  • Therapeutic Relationships; Understanding Behaviour
  • Sociology and Health in Scotland
  • Professional Standards for Care Practice
  • Understanding Personal and Professional Development
  • Clinical Skills for Care Practitioners
  • The Human Body in Health and Illness
  • Exploring Mental Health
  • Healthcare Practice: Graded Unit

  • Health Care Support Worker
  • Nursing Degree - Adult, Child*, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities* (if available)

  • Candidates may progress onto Year one or Year two at Universities which have an agreed articulation route with Forth Valley College.
  • Year two articulation requires the candidate meet the relevant University entrance criteria.


  • Employed by the NHS 
  • Successful interview
  • Permission from your employer to complete the course- Please include your line managers contact details on the application form

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)
  • Relevant paid workplace experience, or alternative qualifications may be considered

Applications require support from the candidates NHS line manager and contact details including the email address of the line manager must be included in the application. We cannot consider candidates for this course that do not meet this criteria.

Study will be over two set days per week.


Stirling Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

SCQF Level

Level 7