SCQF Level 6
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

If you want to get into a career that is challenging, has opportunities for development and makes a real difference to people’s lives then social services could be perfect for you.

This course combines the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required with a work placement, allowing you to take learning from the classroom into the professional world. This course is designed to meet the most current needs of the social services industry allowing graduates to work with a high degree of ability and confidence in the incredibly rewarding environments of social services.

This course is designed for you to either progress to an HNC or to enter employment as a support worker.

If you are not sure if this course is for you, try our social services quiz.

What You Will Learn

Keeping in regular communication with the Social Services industry, Edinburgh College has developed a first rate curriculum.

Subjects taught on the programme include:

  • Human Development and Social Influences
  • Communication in Care Relationships
  • Safeguarding People
  • Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services
  • Social Services in Scotland
  • Understanding Mental Health and Mental illness
  • Caring for People with Dementia
  • Substance Use and Misuse an introduction
  • Local Investigation
  • Work placement
  • Academic writing skills
  • Additional to this the student will study a range of core skills subjects relevant to practice (ICT Numeracy and Communications) as well as valuable employability and study skills
Placement Information
  • Up to 2 days per week throughout the year
Entry Requirements
  • Minimum 4 National 5s (or equivalent) including English
  • Previous SCQF Level 5 Course at College
  • Mature candidates who do not possess these formal qualifications may be considered if they  can demonstrate ability to study at this level
  •  All applicants will require an acceptable Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme record check
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • This course is assessed by case study ,projects , essays, presentations and group tasks
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All applicants meeting the entry qualifications will be invited into college for an information session after which offers will be made.
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Typical academic progression routes from this course would be our HNC Social Services programme or similar.
Career Opportunities
  • Support work roles in Social Care and community engagement
  • Progression routes to further study in Social Care, Community Education and Counselling
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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