• Health and Social Care

    Access to Allied Health Professions

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5/6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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Are you interested in being an Allied Health Support Worker?

The Access to Allied Health course will be of particular interest to anyone who helps or seeks to help others supporting people in hospitals, people's homes, schools, and health centres.

You require 5 National 5s for entry onto this programme or life experience in a similar role.

Effective skills involving active listening, clear communication and good interpersonal skills, and the qualities of acceptance, genuineness and empathy are essential.

The process of application involves providing a personal statement in which you demonstrate your self-awareness and ability to self-reflect. In your statement you should give your reasons for wishing to do the course at this stage in your life. You should also describe the skills, qualities, and life experiences you would bring to the course and the characteristics you have that would make you a good candidate for this programme.

You may be invited to attend an informal interview by either phone or video call as part of the selection process, the purpose of which would be to clarify or expand upon information given in your application form. The final part of the process is attendance at the online information session, following this the final decision on your application form will be made.

What's Involved

Allied health support workers support a range of allied health professionals including occupational therapists, podiatrists, radiographers, dieticians, physiotherapists, orthoptists and others. These individuals will provide a number of informative and interactive workshops during the course.

You will develop self-awareness and develop knowledge, skills and qualities to effectively work in supporting role.

Subjects include:

• Working in the Health Sector
• Improving Health and Wellbeing
• Safe Practice in Care
• Human Body
• Human Development and Behaviour
• Social Influences
• Values and Principles of Health and Social Care
• Influences on Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Caring for People with Dementia
• Health, Safety and Protection in Care Settings
• Person Centred Care
• Communication in Care Relationships
• Numeracy
• Personal Development
• Directed Study
• Work based experience

Each module builds on the success of the previous one and learners will use feedback to identify their own strengths and weaknesses which they’ll regularly review and address in their course work.

A short observational placement with the NHS will be provided for those with a satisfactory PVG check.

Go Anywhere

On successful completion of the course, you may be able to find employment in the NHS or care sector. NHS are guaranteeing interviews for various Support Worker positions, across all areas of allied health.

Successful students may also progress onto HNC Healthcare Practice, HNC Social services or HNC Counselling.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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