Working with Communities

Forth Valley College


Falkirk Campus


This course is aimed at people who wish to pursue a career working with community groups and who are already, or would like to become involved in community based development work.

The course provides a nationally recognised qualification and is designed to provide qualifications and credit for skills, qualities and knowledge developed through experience of working within the community. Students will undertake a placement in the statutory or the voluntary sector doing community work, youth work or adult education to give them valuable practical experience.


Planning Resources; Learning Approaches; Group Work; Principles and Practice; Social Science Approaches; Workplace Practice; Adult Learning; Graded Unit; Working with Young People.

Placement Information: Central to the course is a mandatory work placement. Students will be in the college for two days a week and undertake the placement during the remainder of the week. Learners can use existing paid or voluntary work for their placement or may be supported to find a placement.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6 plus experience of working in the community. Selection will be by interview and pre-interview written task.

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

BA Community Education, Social Science or Social Work degree programmes or into paid community work.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level