Working with Communities

UHI Shetland


Lerwick Campus


This course is suited to anyone working or volunteering with community-based groups, giving you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in Community Learning and Development (CLD).

You will learn about: the principles which underpin effective community practice; social science approaches supporting theories of community change; how to adopt and support a range of learning approaches; how to work with community groups (adults and young people); and how to support the development of community capacity.

Providing a local, national, and global view of factors which affect our communities, the course links theory with practice, encouraging you to discuss and share your own experiences through classroom debates. You will gain valuable practical experience by undertaking a placement in a setting relevant to your studies, in either the statutory or the voluntary sector. This will link up to the theory you have learnt, enabling you to share and discuss your hands on experience with your fellow students and deepen your understanding of community practice in action.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers, preferably including English or another English based subject; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6.

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.

Start Date

September, January



Study Method

Part time (day)



Course Length

2 years


Health and Wellbeing

SCQF Level