Social Services

West College Scotland


Paisley Campus, Clydebank Campus, Greenock (Waterfront) Campus


This course prepares you work effectively in a range of care settings with a variety of service users. You will gain an understanding of the values and principles of social care and will learn how to integrate those values with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop as a Social Services Practitioner.

You'll learn about:
Care in Contemporary Society; Leadership; Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding; Lifespan Development and Life Stages; Care practice; Loss, grief and bereavement.

This course also includes a mandatory work placement, where you'll learn about:
Promoting health, safety and security in the work setting; Developing your practice through reflection and learning; Promoting effective communication.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers at C or above including English; or NC Healthcare or Social Care (Higher); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview.

It is preferred that all applications have some care experience, either paid or volunteering.

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

Social Work degree programme

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health and Social Care

SCQF Level