Health and Social Care
Youth Work and Communities (Level 6)
Full-time, one year
From 24 Aug 2020
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 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.* * Five relevant National 5s or equivalent including English or a pass in a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent
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
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 achieve a National Progression Award in Theory and Approaches to Youth Work as well as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Award.
- You’ll examine issues around equality and diversity, and look at how these can be promoted in local communities.
- You’ll also look at substance use, misuse and abuse in Scotland and health promotion as well as how to safeguard children and young people.
In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
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.