Social Services

West Lothian College


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.

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.

Entry Requirements

2 relevant Highers including English, or relevant Foundation Apprenticeship, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Entry is by interview.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Possible progression to degree level in Social Work or Community Education offered by a range of higher education institutions.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health and Social Care

SCQF Level