HNC Healthcare Practice (NHS)

This course will be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning.

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 while working. Students will be prepared for progression to university or continued employment within the health sector.

Areas of study

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 1 or year 2 at Univesities which have an agreed articulation route with Forth Valley College.

Year 2 articulation requires the candidate meet the relevant University entrance criteria.


- 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)
- 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 candiates for this course that do not meet this criteria.

Study will be over two set days per week.


Stirling Campus



Start date

29 August 2022

End date

09 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 7