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Care Partnership Course: Glasgow Health and Social Care

Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 Weeks (August to January)

This exciting new course offers you the chance to complete a college course together with a paid internship from the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP). This unique pilot course is aimed at those with a genuine interest in working in older adult services. This work is about helping people to live well and achieve the things in life that really matter to them. You’ll go home each day knowing you made a difference. If you want a career where the work is highly rewarding, where you can progress, have job security, and get an enormous sense of personal achievement from knowing you are helping other people, then adult social care is for you.

What will I learn?

The subjects you will study include:

  • Social services in Scotland  
  • Safeguarding people
  • Communication in care relationships
  • Safe practice and wellbeing in social services
  • Human development and social influences
  • Caring for people with dementia
  • Prevention of infection 

You will also receive academic guidance and support from the college and a full induction programme from both the college and GCHSCP. 

The GCHSCP runs five main care service centres through the city so you would be able to carry out your placement at the one nearest to where you live. You can find out more about the centres here.

Take a look at a care service centre here.

Your days in college will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday (Mondays for the first twelve weeks only) and your days on placement with GCHSCP will be Thursdays and Fridays. Please note you may be required to undertake shift work when on placement.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You must be 18 years or over to apply and will have a good standard of basic education preferably having completed two / three National 5s, or equivalent, including English.
  • You should hold values which promote the well-being of older people, and have a desire to support others with compassion and kindness while respecting their rights and choices within their daily lives.
  • Consideration will also be given to applicants with existing care work experience.

When you complete the course application form, you will see there is a 'Personal Statement' section. Please use the 'Personal Statement' section to outline the qualities and skills you have to offer to care services and why you would like to work in care services.

Joint interviews with the college and GCHSCP will be held in May. If successful you will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure check (or update a current one) following your offer of a place.

Jobs and further study

Following successful completion of the course and internship you will be guaranteed an interview for a Social Care Assistant post within GCHSCP Older People’s Residential Care Homes.

A role as a Social Care Assistant within the GCHSCP is not only a rewarding job but could be the beginning of a great career doing life changing work. To work in social care you need the right qualities, but you also gain qualifications while in the job.  When you work for the partnership you are supported to embark on a continuous learning pathway helping you gain the skills and knowledge that are required for your role.  Once you achieve your qualifications and gained some experience, there are lots of opportunities to step up into more senior roles.

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.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3104