Epilepsy Awareness

Raising awareness of epilepsy and what it is, the symptoms, types of seizures and its impact.


Why take this course?

This e-learning course is broken down into four easy-to-follow units consisting of an introduction and three study units. The course aims to raise awareness of epilepsy and explores what it is, the symptoms, the different types of seizure and the impact it can have on people’s everyday lives.

By providing learners with a better understanding of the condition, it will enable them to offer more effective support to the people in their care.

What you will experience

Unit 1: An introduction to the course.

Unit 2: Raises awareness of epilepsy – what it means, what brings it about and how it can be diagnosed. Learners look at the different types of seizure and what happens in the brain to cause them. This Unit goes on to explore the symptoms that service users might experience during a seizure because knowing what to expect is crucial for providing the support and reassurance they need.

Unit 3: Enables learners to recognise the signs (if there are any) that a person is going to have a seizure, to identify possible triggers and to look at the importance of support plans in providing service users with the care they need. This Unit also explains how to offer reassurance, protection and assistance to service users during and after an epileptic seizure and what to do in an emergency. Finally, the Unit discusses other related issues such as continuous and recurrent seizures.

Unit 4: Informs learners how to access information easily about the wide range of medication available for people with epilepsy, as well as about the possible side-effects. It will also describe some of the other methods of treatment, such as vagus nerve stimulation. This Unit also goes on to look at the implications epilepsy has on people in terms of their everyday and emotional lives, and how/why the condition of epilepsy can cause death. Finally, the Unit explains the records that need to be kept for service users and the importance of them being detailed and accurate.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, without tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding do not apply for this course.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
5 Hours over 1 Month £30.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

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