Gateway to Youth and Community Work

Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 weeks (August to January)

This course is designed as an introduction for people who wish to pursue a career within a community-based setting or who would like to become involved in community-based development work.

The curriculum will focus on Community Learning and Development (CLD) values, principles and practices, cultivating individual practical skills, leadership, mentoring, building networks and gaining an understanding of careers within youth and community work.

The course provides a range of nationally recognised qualifications achieved through experiential and classroom-based learning.

You will undertake a placement in the statutory or the voluntary sector doing community work, youth work or adult education to give you valuable practical experience.

What will I learn?

The course includes Level 4 and Level 5 units in subjects including:

  • Communication core skills
  • Coping strategies and building resilience
  • Work placement
  • Community Learning and Development values, principles and practices
  • Understanding young people in society
  • Youth work skills
  • Safe guarding and child protection
  • First aid

Entry requirements (minimum)

No formal qualifications are required for this course.

The selection process will be:

  • Attending an information session
  • A successful interview including either a short piece of writing or presentation.
  • Clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.

Further information on the PVG Scheme will be issued to successful applicants prior to enrolment.

Employer and industry links

This course provides access routes to further study but in addition to this will develop a range of skills that are will enhance employment prospects e.g. communication, problem solving, critical thinking skills. 

As part of course career information, advice and guidance (CIAG) you will explore employment opportunities within community work settings which will include: adult learning, youth work, art projects, volunteering and community development projects. 

The course will link in with the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, the professional body for CLD practitioners and Youth Link Scotland, the national agency for youth work.

Jobs and further study

Successful completion of this course will guarantee you an interview to progress onto a range of courses at SCQF Levels 5, 6 and 7 at Glasgow Clyde College. Options include: Social Science, Social Care and Counselling.

HNC Working with Communities is also a possible progression route available at Glasgow Kelvin College.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

Application forms will be acknowledged.

Selection for interview will depend on the quality of application form, so please ensure that your form is fully completed and detailed. The form should give information about your qualifications, interests and personal attributes, and if possible, give reasons why you are interested in studying Youth and Community Work and if you have any experience in community settings and projects.

If selected for interview, you will be asked to attend an information session. If after the information session you wish to continue with the interview process you will be invited to an individual interview. Your invite will include a topic to either submit a short piece of writing or prepare a short presentation on.

Interviews will usually begin in November to December.

At the end of the interview process, the recruiting staff will evaluate your written task, interview performance and qualifications. You will be informed of the result of your interview within 10 working days of interview.

You will either receive:

  1. An Unconditional offer - you have met the entry requirements and a place is yours
  2. A conditional offer- your will have a place providing you meet the conditions stated in your offer e.g satisfactory reference. As soon as we receive your reference your offer will then be changed to an unconditional offer.
  3. Waiting list – Unfortunately the course is full, but if any spaces become available you will be contacted, usually around the course start date.
  4. Unsuccessful – You have not met the entry requirements and are advised to contact Student Services to discuss alternative options.

Once you have received an offer you must reply and accept this offer within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3776