SCQF Level 5
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

This fast-track course is designed for people with few or no qualifications looking to begin a rewarding career as a nurse. Upon successful completion, this course will ensure you have the correct entry requirements to progress onto our University Access to Nursing course. We have a partnership with Edinburgh Napier University where our University Access to Nursing students who are progressing well will be offered an interview for entry into year one of their Nursing degree programme. 

During this course you will attend Edinburgh College three days a week and get the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects including mental health, first aid, human body and medical terminology. You will also have the chance to brush up your numeracy and communication skills. 


What You Will Learn
  • Human body 
  • Introduction to First Aid 
  • Understanding Mental Health 
  • Medical Terminology
  • Personal Development and Self Awareness 
  • Social Influences 
  • Numeracy
  • Communication 
Entry Requirements
  • There are no formal entry requirements 
  • You should have been out of formal education for at least three years 
  • You should feel comfortable working at SCQF Level 4 and have good communication skills as you are preparing to work with a wide range of people 
  • Experience of working in a care setting is desirable but not essential 
English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5 

How the course is assessed

You will be continually assessed through presentations, group work, essays and case studies. 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be invited to an Edinburgh College information event to find out more about the course and participate in group activities 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • University Access to Nursing taught at Edinburgh College 
  • Another Health and Social Care related Level 6 course taught at Edinburgh College 
Career Opportunities
  • Nursing and other Health and Social Care professions 
Number Of Days Per Week

3 days per week 

Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Edinburgh College student Elaine Burton was part of the NHS Lothian team that won the Nursing in Mental Health award, which recognises individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector who have developed initiatives that have improved the delivery of mental health care. 

Elaine and the Rapid Response team won the award for their care in older adult’s project which has improved the quality of life of their patients and allowed them to become more independent. We caught up with Elaine to speak about winning the award and to find out her plans for the future: 

“It feels amazing to get recognition for the work we do and it’s a great achievement for our team, who have all worked really hard over the past two years. I chose to study at Edinburgh College as my studies should open a lot of doors for me in terms of career paths. I am excited to be able to continue to work in my capacity as a clinical support worker and also be a student simultaneously.” 

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