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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June) with progression to year 3 and year 4 at the University of Strathclyde

Applications open January 2024

BA/Diploma Higher Education: Education and Social Services is a full-time course which will give you the opportunity, if you have a relevant HNC, to continue your studies at degree level and/or to progress to employment within a social care, health care or educational services environment.

The course has been developed to meet the requirements for employment, particularly in relation to understanding the need for integrated service delivery in this sector.

This is a partnership course with the University of Strathclyde, and upon successful completion of the Diploma year, you can move directly to the third year of the BA (Honours) programme at the University of Strathclyde.

What will I learn?

The first year of the BA in Education and Social Services course offers a Diploma in Higher Education qualification as a second-year undergraduate and is delivered at our Langside campus. You will be introduced to the University of Strathclyde and participate in partnerships, teaching and learning at the university campus.

If you successfully complete the Diploma of education, you can move directly to the third year, and upon successful completion, progress to the fourth year of the BA programme at the University of Strathclyde, where you will continue to study the modules outlined below to complete the BA Education and Social Services Honours programme.

  • Professional and personal development
  • Societal context and policy
  • Integration of services
  • Understanding and meeting needs
  • Understanding and developing practice
  • Work practice placement.

Entry requirements (minimum)

Preferred HNC in:

  • HNC Social Care/ Social Services
  • HNC Childhood Practice / Early Education and Childcare

Other qualifications may be considered at the discretion of the University of Strathclyde:

  • HNC Additional Support Needs
  • HNC Working with Communities / Community Education
  • HNC Healthcare Practice / HNC Occupational Therapy
  • Relevant equivalent SCQF Level 7 qualifications may be considered
  • Relevant 120 credits acquired from university study may be considered
  • All qualifications should have been achieved in the previous five years unless you have a noted qualification AND significant relevant workplace experience
  • You must achieve your full HNC award and Graded Unit
  • You will additionally require relevant experience in the workplace
  • You are also required to write a reflective personal learning statement demonstrating your experience and interest in the course
  • Academic reference
  • You may be invited for an individual or group interview.

Entry requirements equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

This course has very strong links with a wide variety of employers, who contribute to lectures by visiting the college to discuss their work, role and integrated service partnerships. We also arrange field trips to visit community services, which help our students understand the needs of local communities and meet the staff and people who use the service.

In addition, students have a four-week placement in a new workplace environment to help develop their range of knowledge and skills, and to introduce them to the importance of leadership skills and collaborative work in this sector.

Articulation Routes

  • BA (Honours) Education and Social Services, University of Strathclyde

Jobs and further study

Upon successful completion of this Diploma year, you will progress to the University of Strathclyde. Following this you may choose to continue your studies at the postgraduate level. Examples of courses in which past students have been successful are:

  • Drug and alcohol studies
  • Criminology studies
  • Social work
  • Mental health studies
  • Primary teaching
  • Autism studies
  • Counselling studies.

A diverse range of job options are available to you, and former students have secured employment in supporting service users in mental health, addictions, homelessness, social prescribing, children's services, learning disability, crisis services, police, family and education settings.

The BA programme is an Honours level course, and you will have a recognised academic degree at SCQF Level 10.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

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

  • Assessment of the information provided on your application form, which must be completed fully and accurately. Application forms will then be checked for current and/or pending qualifications and relevant experience and interest as outlined in your personal statement section
  • Demand for this course is very high and if you meet the criteria, you will be invited to attend an Information Session - please do not call or email as you will have a full opportunity to ask questions at this session
  • Prior to the Information Session, you will be sent a University Personal Learning Statement, which you will be required to complete on time. During the Information Session, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about the course, the college and the university
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you are fully applying yourself to your academic study in your HNC course
  • Information Sessions will begin in February and will continue until June
  • Once the University Personal Learning Statement has been reviewed, and if it meets the criteria, successful applicants will be given a Conditional Offer
  • You will be issued with a reference template and asked to send this to your agreed Academic Referee to complete
  • Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of the interview performance, qualifications, relevant workplace experience, reference and the content of the written reflective personal and learning statement for each applicant
  • You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email once we have received confirmation that you can meet all of the admission requirements/criteria and this may not be until the end of June as we need to wait until Graded Units are awarded.


  1. unconditional place: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
  2. conditional place: your place is secured, pending you meeting the entry requirements.
  3. unsuccessful: you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once you receive an offer of a place on this course, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place, as the demand for this course is very high.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example, student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3779