Social Services

West College Scotland


Paisley Campus, Clydebank Campus, Greenock (Finnart Street) 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 Well-being and Safeguarding; Lifespan Development and Life Stages; Care practice; Loss, Grief and Bereavement.

This course also includes a mandatory work placement where you will be required to work shift patterns that may include evening/weekend hours. You will complete SVQ L3 units x 3 during placement where you will 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 including English; or NC Health and Social Care (Level 6); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview.

All applicants who meet the entry criteria will be asked to complete a piece of written work, and provide 2 satisfactory references.

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