HNC Working with Communities

This course is designed to provide people who are actively working within the community the opportunity to gain credit and recognition for skills, qualities and learning gained through their experience.

Course content

Community Learning & Development:

  • Accountability for and Management of Resources 
  • Learning Approaches 
  • Group Work 
  • Principles and Practice 
  • Social Science Approaches 
  • Workplace Practice
  • Group Award Graded Unit 

Optional Units
  • Adult Learning 
  • Capacity Building 
  • Promoting Health in Community 
  • Working with Young People 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers, one of which should be English
  • An appropriate NC qualification or National 5/6 (including English)
  • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant work experience
  • A minimum of 120 hours of current community-based practice
  • One additional personal statement 
  • A short writing task will be completed at interview
  • 1 practice reference 
  • PVG Disclosure is essential as work experience opportunities are part of the course. Glasgow Clyde College will pay for this
  • Practice Competence Requirements: Direct entrants MUST provide evidence that they have achieved the level of competence in community / voluntary work required for entry. They may do so by a variety of means, e.g. through acquiring appropriate qualifications or certificates, e.g. National Certificate modules in a related area such as Community Development, or through the provision of detailed references from their employer or an organisation for which they have worked in a voluntary capacity.

Selection process information 

Progression routes

Successful students may progress to the following degree programme:

  • University of Glasgow; BA Community Development 1st or 2nd year
  • University of West of Scotland; BA (Hons) Community Learning & Participation 1st or 2nd year
  • University of Edinburgh; BA (Hons) Community Education 1st year 
  • University of Dundee; BA (Hons) Community Learning and Development
  • University of Abertay; BA (Hons) Criminological Studies 1st year

Successful students may be employed to work with vulnerable groups in society and in the voluntary sector.

SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


1 Year(s), August to June

SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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