Edinburgh College Banner

Health Professions & Social Services

Introduction to Social Services

Campus Milton Road Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

Choose your study options

Campus Milton Road Campus Study mode Full time Start date 26/08/24 Duration 20 Weeks
Campus Sighthill Campus Study mode Full time Start date 26/08/24 Duration 20 Weeks

Course enquiry form

Note your interest for this course.
Enter your full name
Enter your email address
This form collects your name and email address so we can contact you with pre-application information on future courses including application deadlines, campus open days and course information. Read our privacy notice to find out how we collect, store and use your data (and for information on withdrawing your consent).

Course overview

Introduction to Social Services is designed to channel your passion for working with others and is a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in the social services sector. This course is all about starting you on your learning journey toward a professional qualification and offers a broad range of learning experiences that will fully prepare you for further study or employment. 

The subjects chosen for this course are varied and current and aim to both prepare you for the modern challenges of the care sector as well as offer you a rewarding and enjoyable learning experience here at Edinburgh College. A career in social services is a career that will impact many people’s lives. Throughout your studies, you will make links between learning and practice and by the end of the programme, you will have a thorough foundation of understanding that will prepare you well for the next steps in your learning journey. 

This course is a short full-time course that upon successful completion either leads directly into either our Social Services Professions Level 6 course (either August or January start) or prepares the learner with an excellent level 5 qualification for employment.     

What you will learn

  • Communication skills
  • Practical skills for care work
  • An understanding of basic social services-related theory
  • Study skills
  • A broad understanding of the social care sector
  • Digital skills for current care practice

How the course is assessed

  • Case study projects and SQA national assessments 

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week - one day in college, one day learning online and one study day

Entry requirements

  • Minimum four National 4s (or equivalent) including English 
  • Previous SCQF Level 4 Course at College
  • Mature candidates who do not possess these formal qualifications may be considered where you can demonstrate your ability to study at this level 
  • We are unable to accept applicants onto the course who will be under 16 years of age on the first day of the course starting.
  • Entry is also conditional on successfully participating in a pre-course group information session

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to College for an information session after which offers will be made

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Social Services Professions (Level 6)
  • NC Working With Communities
  • NC Health and Social Care 
  • These courses lead to HNC-level study and eventually professional qualification through university study 

 

Career options

  • Introduction to Social Services is designed to prepare those interested in moving directly into employment in the care sector with the relevant skills and knowledge to excel as practitioners. Career options would be found within a broad range of care-related settings.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Milton Road Campus Full time 26/08/24 20 Weeks
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 20 Weeks

You may also be interested in these courses

Health Professions & Social Services

Introduction to Counselling Level 5

PLEASE NOTE; THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL FOR THE REST OF THE 2023/2024 ACADEMIC YEAR. DELIVERIES OF OUR NEWLY DESIGNED 'COUN...

Read more and apply

Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification
SCQF Level 5

Study mode
Evening

Duration
13 weeks

Health Professions & Social Services

PDA Health and Social Care Supervision

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Health and Social Care Supervision at SCQF Level 7 is a qualification that h...

Read more and apply

Campus
OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus

Qualification
SCQF Level 7

Study mode
Part time

Duration
15 weeks

Health Professions & Social Services

Counselling Theory for Practice

PLEASE NOTE; THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 23/24. A FURTHER DELIVERY WILL TAKE PLACE IN AUGUST 2024. APPLICA...

Read more and apply

Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification
SCQF Level 6

Study mode
Evening

Duration
20 weeks

Health Professions & Social Services

Pharmacy Services Diploma

If you are a new or experienced pharmacy support worker or are employed as a pre-registration pharmacy technician workin...

Read more and apply

Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification
SCQF Level 8

Study mode
Part time

Duration
52 weeks

Health Professions & Social Services

Step into Care - Lothian Care Academy YPG/NTTF

This is a 6-week (9 weeks if you include college holidays) online course which will introduce students to a career in So...

Read more and apply

Campus
OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus

Qualification
SCQF Level 5

Study mode
Open learning

Duration
6 weeks

Health Professions & Social Services

Routes to Communities

We are delivering this new course at our Granton Campus for people who are considering careers in working in the communi...

Read more and apply

Campus
Granton Campus

Qualification
SCQF Level 5

Study mode
Part time

Duration
20 weeks

Health Professions & Social Services

Counselling HNC

Before applying to this course, you must already have undertaken our Level 5 Introduction to Counselling and our Level 6...

Read more and apply

Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification
SCQF Level 7

Study mode
Full time

Duration
41 weeks