Working with Communities

Forth Valley College


Falkirk Campus


This course is designed for a wide range of people working, volunteering or seeking employment in the community sector in a general capacity or those seeking work in a specific area. This can include adult learning, youth work, community education, voluntary groups and sports groups. In addition, it may be suitable for people requiring professional development, who are already employed in the sector as sessional/unqualified workers and who are seeking a relevant recognised qualification.

Modules include:
Values and Principles of Community Learning and Development; Work Experience; Core Skills; Working with Community Groups: an Introduction; Sociological Perspectives; Equality and Diversity; Local Community Investigations; Psychology: Social Behaviour; Health Promotion; Capacity Building; Personal Development: Self in Community; Understanding Committees.

Placement Information:
Central to the course is a mandatory work placement. You will be in the College for approximately three days a week and undertake the placement during the remainder of the week. You can use existing paid or voluntary work for your placement or may be supported to find a placement.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. Experience working in a paid or voluntary position, or a keen interest in community learning and development is essential. Good interpersonal skills. Interview.

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

HNC Working with Communities

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level