Introduction to a Career in Social Care

What is special about this course?

Do you enjoy working with people and have a keen sense of fun and compassion? Would you like a rewarding career helping others live their lives to the full? This new short, part time, online course will introduce you to a career in Social Care, where opportunities are many and varied.

This course is for you if you are thinking of a career in social care but are not ready to embark in full time study or employment in social care. You will be able to work through the learning materials at your own pace while extending your learning through videos and links to further information. A college tutor will provide support and encouragement to ensure your engagement with all the topics and to monitor your progress.

At the end of the course, you will have a final online meeting with a tutor who will check your understanding of all topics covered, and support you in exploring your next steps, either into employment, or further courses of study in Social Care.
Completion of the course will allow progression on to: ‘Into Care’ course at SCQF level 6, NC Health and Social Care, Access to Nursing, SWAP courses or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF level 6.

Entry requirements

You must be

  • Aged over 25

and either

  • Unemployed
  • At risk of redundancy

Unit 1 What is Adult Social Care?
The rewards of working in the sector and the opportunities for progression
Unit 2 - Use of Self
Introduction to value-based care, the importance of good communication and working as part of a team
Unit 3 - Best Practice
Duty of care, SSSC, Care Standards, safeguarding and boundaries, infection control, digital enabled care
Unit 4 - Reflective practice
Defining reflective practice and its importance, model for reflection, and learning from effective reflection
Unit 5 - Next Steps
Exploring progress and career opportunities, Scottish qualification structure, employers’ views, service users’ views, employment, and further study opportunities

Equipment

You must have access to a good internet connection.

How will I study my course?

  • Online

Course will be delivered entirely online via Brightspace. Students will work through the units at their own pace within a six-week period with optional scheduled tutor support. Flexible time for start and finish dates between November 2021 and end of March 2022.


How long will my course last?


6 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    The course contains integrated assessments/tests of your knowledge and understanding as you work through the various units. These have been developed to be marked within the course programme and you will receive instant feedback.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Flexible start dates between November 2021 and February 2022.

Fees

No fee.

This course is funded by the National Transition Training Fund. 
To be eligible you must be:

  • aged over 25 years

and either

  • unemployed
  • under threat of unemployment.

Additional costs

No Fee. This course is funded by the National Transition Training Fund. 
To be eligible you must be:

  • aged over 25 years

and either

  • unemployed
  • under threat of unemployment.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression to:
Into Care course
NC Health and Social Care SCQF level 6
Access to Nursing
SWAP Access to Nursing
SVQ Social Services & Healthcare SCQF level 6
Employment

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.