Social Services

Edinburgh College


Milton Road Campus, Sighthill Campus


If you want to get into a career that is challenging, has opportunities for development and makes a real difference to people’s lives then social services could be perfect for you.

Social service workers can be office based but much of their day is usually spent working with people in the community, in a care home, the person’s own home, a day centre, hospital or other settings. Most people come into contact with a social worker at some point in their lives, so you can understand how important good quality service can be.

Course includes:
Care in Contemporary Society; Leadership starts with me; Health Wellbeing and Safeguarding; Lifespan development theoretical approaches; Care Practice; Social Care: Graded Unit 1; In addition, 3 optional units.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Relevant volunteer/work placement is essential. Interview and written test. Please note National 5 Maths is required if you wish to progress to a social work degree.

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

Opportunities to progress to Higher Education or into employment.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health Professions and Social Services

SCQF Level