Care & Administrative Practice (Degree Route) SCQF Level 7

Providing you with the practical skills and clinical knowledge needed to pursue a career in the healthcare sector.


Why take this course?

This course has been re-opened for applications from those interested in progressing into Adult Nursing only.

This course provides accelerated entry into Year 2 of a Nursing Degree in Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing or Learning Disability Nursing at RGU, or specialisation in Learning Disabilities Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University, for applicants put forward by NHS Grampian (NHSG) or level 6 students who meet entry criteria and want to progress.

The course enables students to integrate knowledge, theory and practice to deliver effective nursing care. It is delivered in association with Robert Gordon University, Edinburgh Napier University and NHSG, and develops the knowledge and competencies required for progression as a pre-registered NMC Nurse.

The course also includes valuable NHSG nursing placements.

What you will experience

You will learn about care and administrative practice, covering important topics in safe working practices, and understanding personal and professional relationships.

Throughout the course you will develop essential skills, learning through practice, whilst developing a thorough knowledge of sociology and physiology for care professionals. This course is delivered on a block basis to support the substantial placement element of the programme.

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

NHS Grampian (NHSG) employees supported by their managers are given priority entry to this course, as well as those progression from the SCQF Level 6 course. 

Applicants progressing from Level 6 should have knowledge/skills relating to health or social care, be working regularly in this environment, and have a minimum of two Highers at grade C or above (including a biological science and English) and National 5 Maths or equivalent. A genuine interest in working with people and good communication skills are essential.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

The course operates a two-stage interview process so early application (before the end of February) is recommended.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we will ask you to provide evidence of your English language skills as part of the application process. For this particular course, a score of 7.0 is required for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).

What you need to know

Additional costs

Additional costs for this course include:

  • Uniform
  • Text books
  • Laptop

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Please see below for your options. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


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