Introduction to a Career in Social Care - Certificate SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This 6-week, part time, on-line tutor supported course is ideal for those who enjoy working with people, are compassionate, have a sense of fun and are seeking a new rewarding career helping others live their lives to the full.

Participants will be able to work through the on-line learning materials at their own pace, extending their learning through videos and links to further information. A college tutor will be available to provide support and encouragement to ensure participant engagement with all the topics, and to monitor progress.

At the end of the course your online tutor will help you to decide what to do next, either into employment, or further courses. You will be awarded a Certificate which will help support you with your next steps.

 This course is ideal for people 16 and over who are interested in working in social care.  For example, senior phase pupils; for those who are unemployed, under threat of unemployment or considering a change in career.

Entry requirements

A genuine interest in caring for others, a willingness to learn, and a positive attitude.

Unit 1: Introduction What is Adult Social Care

The rewards of working in the sector and the opportunities for progression

Unit 2: Use of Self Introduction and Value-Based Care

The importance of good communication and working as part of a team

Unit 3: Best Practice

Duty of care, SSSC, Care Standards, safe guarding and boundaries, infection control, digital-enabled care

Unit 4: Reflective Practice

Defining reflective practice and its importance, model for reflection, and learning from effective reflection

Unit 5: Next Steps Exploring Progress and Career Opportunities

Scottish qualification structure, employers' views, service users' views, employment, and further study opportunities

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

The course is a self-study of 10 hours per week with tutor support for 6 weeks.  Students have the flexibility to work at their own pace but with tutor support when needed.

How long will my course last?

6 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall


This is a free, fully-funded course.

Additional costs

The programme is free and fully funded

What can I do on completion of my course?

Career opportunities in social care are many and varied, with a variety of services meeting the needs of children, young people and adults of all ages who need support.

This could include settings such as care homes, care at home, day services, independent living and housing support services.

Roles could involve helping people to plan their support needs, stay safe and well, maintain and develop relationships, live independently and to achieve what is important in their life.

Is there more information available online?

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