Introduction to Working with Communities

Dumfries and Galloway College


Dumfries Campus, Stranraer Campus


If you are already working or volunteering in the community then this course has been specifically designed for you. Successful completion will see you gain a Professional Development Award in Community Involvement as well as a range of units, contextualised to your role, in working in the wider community.

The programme is designed to introduce you to Community Learning and Development (CLD) theory and practice, with particular focus on involvement in community capacity building, which is one of the three main strands of CLD.

This level 6 award will prepare you for possible progression to other programmes at an equal or increased SCQF level in the field of Community Learning and Development. You are likely to be a mature learner.

The award is suitable for you if you already have some understanding and experience of Community Learning and Development -but have no formal qualifications in the field. Those of you who are employed in the field of CLD, and who achieve a recognised qualification such as this award, may qualify for membership of the Scottish CLD Standards Council.

Entry Requirements

You should be volunteering or working within the community or have past experience. You should be prepared to be on placement in addition to the college hours timetabled.

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 course at SCQF Level 6 or HNC level study.

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

18 weeks


Health and Social Services

SCQF Level