Group Of Students
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
27 Aug 2018
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications open January 2019

This education and social services course will give you the opportunity, if you have a relevant HNC, to continue your studies and/or progress into jobs within a social care, health care or educational services environment. The course is developed to meet the requirements for jobs in this sector and is run in partnership with the University of Strathclyde.

What will I learn?

The first year of the course offers a diploma qualification as a second-year undergraduate, which is delivered at Langside campus. You will be introduced to the university and will participate in partnerships, teaching and learning at the university campus.

If you successfully complete the diploma, you can move directly to the third year of the BA programme at the University of Strathclyde, where you will continue your studies to complete the BA Education and Social Services. The university also offer an Honours year for this programme.

  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Societal Context and Policy
  • Integration of Services
  • Understanding and Meeting Needs
  • Understanding and Developing Practice
  • Work Placement.

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 service partnerships. We also arrange field trips to visit community services. This helps students understand the needs of local communities and meet the staff and people who use the service.

In addition students have a 4 week placement to a new workplace environment to help develop their range of knowledge and skill.

Jobs and further study

You may choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level. Examples of courses that past students have been successful in obtaining are:

  • Drug and Alcohol Studies
  • Criminology Studies
  • Social Work
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Primary Teaching
  • Autism Studies.
  • Counselling Studies.

A diverse range of job options are available to you, including supporting service users in mental health, addictions, homelessness, learning disability, family and education settings.

On completion of your third year of the BA programme, you may be eligible to continue your studies to Honours level. This will allow you to progress through jobs in the social services sector.  In addition, you will have a recognised academic degree at SCQF Level 9/10.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • HNC Social Care
  • HNC Health Care or Admin and Care Practice
  • HNC Early Education and Childcare
  • HNC Supporting Learning Needs
  • HNC Occupational Therapy
  • HNC Community Education
  • Relevant equivalent SCQF Level 8 qualifications may be considered
  • All qualifications must have been achieved in the previous five years
  • You must achieve at least a B grade in your HNC Graded Unit
  • You will additionally require relevant experience of the workplace
  • You are also required to write a reflective personal statement demonstrating your experience and interest in the course
  • Individual interview
  • Group interview.

Entry requirements equivalency table

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.
  • You must demonstrate relevant work experience, and will also be required to write a reflective personal statement demonstrating your experience and interest in the course
  • If successful, you will be invited to attend an interview. Please bring along evidence of qualifications and an academic reference to interview. You will also be asked to complete a University Personal Learning Statement for the interview. During the interview, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the course and the College.
  • You must be able to demonstrate at least a B grade or equivalent in your SQA Graded unit
  • Interviews will begin in February and will continue until June
  • Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview
    performance, qualifications, relevant workplace experience, 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.


  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
  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 an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

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 3777