Working with Communities

Glasgow Kelvin College


East End Campus


If you’d like to make a real difference to communities, supporting local people to thrive and develop according to their own needs and aspirations, then this is the course for you. The course is designed to support you to develop an understanding of the theories which support change in communities and the opportunity to link the theories with practice.

You might be involved in paid or voluntary community work and would like to gain a nationally recognised advanced qualification: to support better understanding of the role of community learning and development in different settings, to improve your work or to support you in opportunities for promotion or finding work with other agencies.

You’ll learn about:
The principles which underpin effective community practice; The social science approaches supporting theories of community change; How to facilitate and develop community groups; How to adopt and support a range of learning approaches; How to build capacity of people and the communities in which they live; How to use digital skills and enhance your practice; How to work with young people; How to work with young people; The social model of health and how it impacts the communities in which we work.

The practice placement is an essential part of the course which is assessed through a range of practical activities undertaken in a community-based organisation.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. However you need good communication skills and previous experience of community learning and development work.

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

Degree course or employment

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


Community Development

SCQF Level