If you’re interested in a career in youth work, adult learning or community development, this course can help you on your way.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- A clear interest in working towards the empowerment of individuals and communities
- Five relevant National 5s or equivalent including English and ideally Maths OR
a pass in a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent
- To go through an interview process
- A satisfactory reference
- To become a member of the PVG scheme.
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have relevant experience and/or a clear interest in working with communities, then we’ll also consider you for a place.
This course will introduce you to the values and principles of Community Learning and Development (CLD). It will develop your understanding of community through exploring a range of issues including poverty, addiction, equality and social justice.
You’ll learn strategies on how to work more effectively with individuals and groups to help them improve their lives and their communities.
You’ll spend 3 days in college, plus half a day on placement in a relevant youth, adult learning or a community development setting.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
- You’ll explore professional values and principles, and those which underpin CLD.
- You’ll investigate the different types of community groups (from clubs and committees, to political or mental health) and their different purposes such as activity, therapeutic or educational.
- You’ll look closely at youth work, including the different types (from clubs and uniformed groups, to Duke of Edinburgh Awards), features of effective youth work and issues affecting young people.
- You’ll explore sociology, looking at sociological theories and different social issues that can impact on a community.
- You’ll look at social psychology and discover how people’s social environment and interaction with others shapes their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
- You’ll examine issues around equality and diversity, and look at how these can be promoted in local communities.
- You’ll learn about child protection, including forms of abuse and neglect which require intervention, and the legislation in place to protect the rights of the child.
- You’ll also look at substance use, misuse and abuse in Scotland; basic concepts of counselling; health promotion and first aid.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto HNC Working with Communities
- Moving onto another HNC course such as HNC Social Services, HNC Additional Support Needs or HNC Counselling
- Seeking to start your career with employment in a range of community based settings, such as a Community Assistant.