Qualifications

Qualifications

NHS Education for Scotland have created a quick and easy way to find out what qualifications can be part of your development as a Healthcare Support Worker.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) recognise that it can be confusing to know what qualifications are out there for Healthcare Support Workers.   There are a number of opportunities for you to use your valuable experience as a Healthcare Support Worker to become a registered practitioner. All of these routes involve formal education with a university to gain the underpinning knowledge and skills required to be registered.   There are clear pathways for nursing programmes, however midwifery and AHP pathways are less well established.

Nursing

  • The traditional degree route – anyone with the relevant qualifications can apply, the degree can take 4 years depending on the degree you choose
  • The Open University Route, 4-year part time programme
  • HNC Healthcare Practice (previously HNC Care & Administrative Practice) is a recognised entry option for Nursing Degree programmes.  Units (Mandatory) included in this qualification (12.0 credits)
    -    Safe Working Practice for Care - SCQF 7(J4DM34) (1.0)
    -    Therapeutic Relationships: Understanding behaviour - SCQF 7(J4DN34) (1.0)
    -    Sociology and Health in Scotland - SCQF 7(J4DP34) (1.0)
    -    Professional Standards for Care Practice - SCQF 7(J4DR34) (1.0)
    -    Understanding Personal and Professional Development - SCQF 7(J4DS34) (1.0)
    -    Clinical Skills for Care Practitioners - SCQF 7(J4DT34) (3.0)
    -    The Human Body in Health and Illness - SCQF 7(J4DV34) (2.0)
    -    Exploring Mental Health - SCQF 7(J4DW34) (1.0)
    -    Graded Unit 1: Healthcare Practice - SCQF 7(J4JY34) (1.0)

You may find the future nurse career pathways poster helpful.

Midwifery

  • The traditional degree route – anyone with the relevant qualifications can apply, the degree can take 4 years depending on the degree you choose
  • HNC Healthcare Practice (previously HNC Care & Administrative Practice) is a recognised entry option for the Midwifery Degree programmes with the addition of other national qualifications required by the university.   Units (Mandatory) included in this qualification (12.0 credits)
    -    Safe Working Practice for Care - SCQF 7(J4DM34) (1.0)
    -    Therapeutic Relationships: Understanding behaviour - SCQF 7(J4DN34) (1.0)
    -    Sociology and Health in Scotland - SCQF 7(J4DP34) (1.0)
    -    Professional Standards for Care Practice - SCQF 7(J4DR34) (1.0)
    -    Understanding Personal and Professional Development - SCQF 7(J4DS34) (1.0)
    -    Clinical Skills for Care Practitioners - SCQF 7(J4DT34) (3.0)
    -    The Human Body in Health and Illness - SCQF 7(J4DV34) (2.0)
    -    Exploring Mental Health - SCQF 7(J4DW34) (1.0)
    -    Graded Unit 1: Healthcare Practice - SCQF 7(J4JY34) (1.0)
  • Maternity Care Assistant certificate in higher education available at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is a recognised entry option for the Midwifery Degree programmes with the
    addition of other national qualifications
     

AHP

  • The traditional degree route. The degree can take 4 years depending on the degree you choose. Anyone with the relevant qualifications can apply
  • HNC Healthcare Practice (previously HNC Care & Administrative Practice).  This qualification can be a good way to prepare for further study e.g. skills in academic writing. Units (Mandatory) included in this qualification (12.0 credits)
    -    Safe Working Practice for Care - SCQF 7(J4DM34) (1.0)
    -    Therapeutic Relationships: Understanding behaviour - SCQF 7(J4DN34) (1.0)
    -    Sociology and Health in Scotland - SCQF 7(J4DP34) (1.0)
    -    Professional Standards for Care Practice - SCQF 7(J4DR34) (1.0)
    -    Understanding Personal and Professional Development - SCQF 7(J4DS34) (1.0)
    -    Clinical Skills for Care Practitioners - SCQF 7(J4DT34) (3.0)
    -    The Human Body in Health and Illness - SCQF 7(J4DV34) (2.0)
    -    Exploring Mental Health - SCQF 7(J4DW34) (1.0)
    -    Graded Unit 1: Healthcare Practice - SCQF 7(J4JY34) (1.0)
  • HNC Occupational Therapy support, undertaking this qualification could allow access into year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy.
  • There are a range of Professional Development Awards also available which would help develop your academic writing and research.

There are a range of Professional Development Awards also available which would help develop your academic writing and research.  Lists all participating Colleges: https://collegesscotland.ac.uk/