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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications are now closed.

NQ Social Care (Level 6) is aimed at providing you with the skills and experience required to pursue a career in social care as a Support Worker or to progress towards the HNC Social Services. This course covers many aspects of the caring role with a range of service users. You will cover a range of NQ Care units at Level 6, as well as undertaking a placement element to the course.

What will I learn?

During the course you will study the core units of:

  • Values and principles
  • Human development and behaviour
  • Social influences

There will also be a number of specific social care units, which could include the following:

  • Care principles and practice
  • Health, safety and protection issues in care setting
  • Understanding of mental health and mental illness
  • Child protection: an introduction
  • Caring for people with dementia
  • First aid measures
  • Stress management

There will also be Communication and Guidance units included.

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Four National 5 Qualifications (A/B) or equivalent, one of which must be English
  • Voluntary and/or employment experience in the care sector 
  • If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited for interview
  • PVG Disclosure is essential as work experience opportunities are part of the course. Glasgow Clyde College will pay for this.
  • We welcome your application if you don't have formal qualifications, but you have relevant life and/or work experience
  • Due to the number of internal candidates progressing to their next level of study, places on this course may be limited.

Entry requirement 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

Glasgow Clyde College enjoys established links to a variety of social care service providers and agencies across Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

Jobs and further study

  • When you have successfully completed this course, you may pursue a career in Social / Health related professions at Support Worker/Care Assistant level, or you can use the qualification to access other higher education opportunities
  • When you have successfully completed this course, you may apply to:
    • HNC Social Services
    • HNC Working with Communities
    • HNC Care and Administrative Practice
    • HNC Social Sciences, or other HNC courses

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 will be in contact as per the following stages: 

  • Selection will be by assessment of qualifications and interview
  • If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited for interview  
  • The process will consist of an individual interview with a member of the lecturing team. You will be required to bring evidence of qualifications and an academic reference to interview. During the interview, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the course and the college.

Interviews will begin in February and will continue until June.

Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview performance,
qualifications and/or relevant work experience. One of three selection outcomes will be made for you and will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview.

The selection outcomes are ‘unconditional offer’; ‘conditional offer’, or
‘unsuccessful’.  Any conditions to your offer will be clearly outlined in this email.

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

If a place is unavailable at your chosen campus, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information relating to student funding in June with joining instructions and induction information in mid-July.

You must accept your offer as soon as possible in order to secure your place.

If you are made a conditional offer, you must provide the required evidence (qualifications, references or other details) as soon as it is available or risk losing your place.

This course involves a placement element which requires that you if successful are entered into the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. Both the placement and the PVG check will be organised (and PVG costs met) by the college. This check will be carried out before undertaking work experience. If you have offences that may be recorded on a Disclosure Scotland check, you should discuss this with staff at interview.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3776