Introduction to Social Services

Edinburgh College


Midlothian Campus, Sighthill Campus


This course is designed to channel your passion for working with others and is a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in the social services industry. This course is all about starting you on your learning journey towards a professional qualification and offers a broad range of learning experiences that will fully prepare you for further study or employment.

The subjects chosen for this course are varied and current and aim to both prepare you for the modern challenges of care or community learning sectors as well as offering you a rewarding and enjoyable learning experience here at the Edinburgh College. A career in social services is a career that will impact many people’s lives. Throughout your studies, you will make links between learning and practice and by the end of the programme you will have a thorough foundation of understanding that will prepare you well for the next steps in your learning journey.


Communication skills; Practical skills for care work; An understanding of basic social services related theory; Study skills; A broad understanding of the social care sector; Digital skills for current care practice.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 4 including English; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 4. Interview.

Progression Routes

Relevant course at SCQF Level 6

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

20 weeks


Health Professions and Social Services

SCQF Level