SCQF Level 7
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

If you are working or volunteering with community-based groups this course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to gain a professional qualification in Community Learning and Development. You will undertake a placement in youth work, adult education or community work in either the statutory or the voluntary sector to give you valuable practical experience.

In addition, you will study a wide range of relevant subjects including group work, sociology, principles of community learning and development, approaches to learning, youth work and managing resources, ensuring you will be well prepared for degree-level study or employment.

The part-time course is taught in a community-based setting in Newtongrange and runs over two years. To apply for this mode of study applicants need to be currently working in an appropriate CLD context. 

What You Will Learn
  • Principles and Practice of Community Learning 
  • Managing Resources
  • Group Work
  • Sociology
  • Learning Approaches
  • Adult Education
  • Working with Young People
  • Health Promotion
Placement Information
  • Students complete placement of approximately 45 days (300 hours) in a community-based organisation. Students are in college for two days a week and undertake the placement during the remainder of the week for approximately 2 days. Students can use existing paid or voluntary work for their placement or they will be supported to find a placement.
Entry Requirements
  • Minimum 2 Highers or a relevant NC pass at SCQF Level 6
  • Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience may be considered
  • All applicants will require an acceptable Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme record check





English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Essays
  • Short answer assignments 
  • Presentations
  • Observation of practice
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • Applicants will be invited for an informal interview to discuss their experience of working with community based groups.
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Students can progress to a degree in Community Education at Dundee University, Glasgow University or the University of the West of Scotland
Career Opportunities
  • Employment in youth work, adult education or community work.
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 2 in College
  • 2 days placement. This can be split over days or evenings
Course Cost And Funding Options
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