Social Services

Glasgow Clyde College


Cardonald Campus


This course is for those interested in a career in social care who may wish to undertake a formal qualification. It involves both practical and theoretical work.

You will undertake a work experience placement during the course. This course meets the criteria for Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration as a care practitioner.

Core subjects:
Care in Contemporary; Leadership Starts with Me; Psychology for social care practice; Health Wellbeing and Safeguarding; Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches; Care Practice; Social Services: Graded Unit 1.

Mandatory SVQ units:
Promote Effective Communication; Promote Health, Safety and Security in the Work Setting;
Develop your Practice through Reflection and Learning.

Other Optional Units:
Mental Health Issues in a Care Setting; Understanding and Supporting Behaviour; Understanding Loss and the Process of Grief; Promoting Quality of Life through Dementia Skilled Practice;
Developing the Individual within a Team; Health and Social Care: Personalisation in Practice;
Promoting Positive Behaviour; Learning Disability: Current Policy Issues in Care; Supporting Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Working with Autism; Collaborative Working; Supporting Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs; Supporting Children and Young Peoples’ Behaviour.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English or another English based subject, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. References, personal statement and interview.

You must have a minimum of 120 hours of relevant experience.

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

Relevant HND or degree, or employment in the care sector.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

2 years


Social Care and Counselling

SCQF Level