Access to Social Services

New College Lanarkshire


Coatbridge Campus


This course provides an opportunity for students who are returning to education to obtain the qualifications to progress to HNC Social Services.

The Access to Social Services course is a level 6 qualification. The course is aimed at individuals who have life experience either formally or informally relating to care support and/or care work. There are no formal qualifications required for entry to the course but all applicants must evidence experience in providing care either via paid care work, volunteering or informally with family members, friends and/or children.

Applicants will study a variety of care subjects including Values and Principles, Human Development and Behaviour and Supporting Children's Rights and Entitlements. In addition applicants will work towards gaining both the John Muir Award and the three unit Mental Health and Wellbeing Award.

The overall aim of the course is for applicants to gain a level of qualifications including essential skills of numeracy, ICT and Literature 1 to enable them to progress onto the HNC Social Services course. Alternatively successful students can apply for employment within the care sector with a grounding knowledge of care units.

Entry Requirements

2 subjects at National 5 or Higher; English and a social science subject preferred; or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare. A passion for or experience of working in paid or voluntary work an advantage.

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.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health Care and Social Services

SCQF Level