• Health and Social Care

    HNC Working with Communities

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 26 Aug 2019

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If you’re looking for a career in Community Learning and Development (CLD), this course can help you on your way to employment or further study.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A minimum of two relevant Highers including English and ideally National 5 Maths OR

    a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent such as NC Higher Working with Communities, NQ Youth Work, NC Higher Health & Social Care or SVQ Level 2 Social Services and Healthcare

  • A clear interest in Community Learning and Development

  • A satisfactory interview and reference

  • To become a member of the PVG scheme

If you’re a mature applicant, and don’t have formal qualifications, but have appropriate experience or other training, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

This course has been approved by the Community Learning & Development Standards Skills Council for Scotland and will allow you to register as an Associate Member of the profession.

What's Involved

This course will equip you with an understanding of the skills, methods and approaches used within the CLD profession. You’ll learn how to work effectively with individuals and groups to help make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.

The course will involve critical reflection of a variety of issues such as social justice, inequality, poverty and social exclusion. You will also explore values and principles and processes which underpin society and social policy.

You’ll spend 2 days at college, plus 1 day each week in a relevant placement setting (mandatory) which focuses on community based youth work, adult learning or Community Development.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll study social science, exploring sociological theories including Marxism, Feminism and Functionalism, and researching contemporary social issues which affect communities such as unemployment, poverty, disempowerment, inequality and social injustice.
  • You’ll look at issues relating to working with young people in the community. You’ll develop an understanding of the role of the youth worker, and the social, physical, emotional, cognitive and cultural development of young people in today’s communities.
  • You’ll examine the principles and values which underpin CLD, such as empowerment, inclusion and self-determination, and look at how these can be applied within adult learning, youth work and community development contexts.
  • You’ll explore different learning philosophies and theories to understand different learning styles to support the design of groups and 1:1 learning programmes.
  • You’ll learn about community groups, including their dynamics, how they function, the role of the Community Worker and a range of facilitation skills.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

Moving on to a range of degree programmes such as:

  • BA (Hons) Community Learning and Development
  • BA (Hons) Community Education
  • BA Youth work
  • BA Integrated Health and Social Care
  • BA Social Sciences

This course and related degree programmes can lead to a career within a wide range of statutory and voluntary community based settings such as:

  • Community Development Work
  • Youth Work
  • Adult Education
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Community Support Work both within the private and public sector.

Start Date

26 Aug 2019



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