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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Full-time


If you are looking for a career that is challenging, has opportunities for development and makes a real difference in people’s lives then social services could be perfect for you.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date – Jun 2025

SCQF Level - 6

Mode – Full time

Days: TBC

Times: TBC

This course combines the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required with a work placement, allowing you to take learning from the classroom into the professional world. This course is designed to meet the most current needs of the social services industry allowing you to work with a high degree of ability and confidence in the incredibly rewarding environments of social services. 
It is designed for you to either progress to an HNC or to enter employment in social services. 

Read about Tamara Macdonald's West Lothian College experience here

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    What the course includes

    • Mental Health 
    • Dementia Care 
    • Human Development & Behaviour 
    • Social Influences 
    • Values and Principles 
    • Personal Development 
    • Level 6 SVQ mandatory units as part of work placement 

Why choose the course

You will have the chance to develop industry-related skills through work experience.

Entry requirements

  • 4 National 5 qualifications or four credit level Standard Grades, one of which must be English or equivalent
  • Supporting personal statement

We may consider people who do not have these qualifications.

  • You must be eligible to join the PVG scheme and must not be barred or under consideration for listing (criminal record check).
  • It is essential you are able to support others

Please note this course is to prepare you for a career in health and social care

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

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    Where it leads

    Education: HNC Social Services, HNC Healthcare Practice, or other relevant HNC-level courses at West Lothian College

    Employment: In a variety of different social care settings. Previous students have employment with statutory and voluntary social care organisations. 


Interview arrangements

Interview is part of the selection for this course, plan to be in college for around two hours. 

Please bring evidence of qualifications already gained and a pre-prepared personal statement (maximum of 250 words) which includes: 

  • Qualifications 
  • Work experience/volunteering experience/life experience 
  • Personal qualities and interests 
  • Reasons for applying for the course (give your main career interest – health care or social care) 
  • Where you would like to see yourself employed in five years’ time 

The interview involves: 

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, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.