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  • Start date:   August 2020
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


Please note, this course is now full. You can still apply for this course, but your application will be placed on a waiting list.

This course is for those who want to learn the basic skills needed for a career in social care. You will learn how to work effectively in various care settings with different service users; the values and principles of social care; and how to integrate these values with skills and knowledge. From this course, you can move into more advanced study (a degree in social work) or employment in the social services.

Read about Michelle Low's West Lothian College experience here

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    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Care in contemporary society
    • Leadership
    • Health, wellbeing and safeguarding
    • Lifespan development
    • Theoretical approaches
    • Promoting health, safety and security in the work setting
    • Developing practice through reflection and learning
    • Promoting effective communication
    • Care practice

Why choose this course

You will gain experience though an extensive placement which gives you the chance to develop your skills in the care field and to relate theory to practice.

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers at grade C or above, one must be English or equivalent and one other relevant subject or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject
  • We consider SVQ level 2 qualifications
  • Applicants must be eligible for PVG scheme membership

We consider applications from people who do not have these qualifications.

  • Where it leads

    Education: degree in social work or community education (offered at various higher education institutions).Previous students have progressed onto courses at The University of the West of Scotland, The University of Stirling, The University of Aberdeen,Edinburgh Napier University and Glasgow Caledonian University.

    Employment: roles in social work, private care, or community and voluntary projects. Previous students have found employment with West Lothian Council, Able Scotland, Q2 Solutions, AbbeyCare and The Action Group. 

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for interview, plan to be in college for around two hours.

Please bring evidence of qualifications already gained and a pre-prepared personal statement (maximum of 300 words) which covers:

  • What attracts you to health and social care as a profession
  • The qualities you have that make you suited to a career in care
  • Your goals for the future
  • Any other relevant information to support your application

The interview involves:

  • Information session
  • Individual discussion
  • Group discussion

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.