Introduction to a Career in Social Care

Glasgow Kelvin College


Springburn Campus, Easterhouse Campus


If you love working with people of all ages and have a keen sense of compassion and empathy and love the idea of a rewarding career helping others to live their lives. This new, part time, online course will introduce you to a career in Social Care, where there are lots of employment and further training/educational opportunities.

The course has been designed for those who are not yet ready to study full time. The learning materials are intended for you to work through independently at your own pace. A college tutor will provide support and encouragement to ensure your engagement with all the topics and to monitor your progress.

Topics Include:
Unit 1 What is Adult Social Care?
The rewards of working in the sector and the opportunities for progression.

Unit 2 - Use of Self
Introduction to value-based care, the importance of good communication and working as part of a team.

Unit 3 - Best Practice
Duty of care, SSSC, Care Standards, safeguarding and boundaries, infection control, digital enabled care.

Unit 4 - Reflective Practice
Defining reflective practice and its importance, model for reflection, and learning from effective reflection

Unit 5 - Next Steps
Exploring progress and career opportunities, Scottish qualification structure, employers’ views, service users’ views, employment, and further study opportunities.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements.

This online course will be delivered entirely online via Brightspace. Students will work through the units at their own pace within a six-week period with optional scheduled tutor support.

Progression Routes

Completion of the course will allow progression on to: NC Health and Social Care course at SCQF level 6, Access to Nursing, SWAP courses or SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF level 6.

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

6 weeks


Health and Social Care

SCQF Level