Introduction to a Career in Social Care SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

Introduction to a Career in Social Care is a brand new six-week, part time, online tutor-supported course. The course can be started at any time, allowing you to begin your studies at a time that suits you. 

The course will introduce students to a career in Social Care, where opportunities are many and varied.

It has been designed for those who enjoy working with people, are compassionate, have a sense of fun and are seeking a new rewarding career helping others live their lives to the full.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course however students are expected to have a keen interest and passion for the Social Care sector. 

You will be able to work through the learning materials at your own pace, supplementing your learning through videos and links to further information.

The course will cover the following:

  • Introduction

What is Adult Social Care? The rewards of working in the sector and the opportunities for progression.

  • Use of Self

Introduction to value-based care, the importance of good communication and working as part of a team.

  • Best Practice

Duty of care, SSSC, Care Standards, safeguarding and boundaries, infection control, digital enabled care.

  • Reflective Practice

Defining reflective practice and its importance, model for reflection, and learning from effective reflection.

  • Next Steps

Exploring progress and career opportunities, Scottish qualification structure, employers' views, service users' views, employment, and further study opportunities.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Flexible
  • Online

This course is delivered entirely online.

One of our experienced lecturers will be on hand to provide you with support and encouragement to ensure you are coping with all the topics.

You can participate in a weekly, interactive online support session to keep you motivated and on track, and you’ll get regular one-to-one support.

How long will my course last?

6 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll


This course is delivered with funding from the National Transition Training Fund from Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council.

Eligibility criteria will apply. If you are aged 25 and over at the start of the course, you should be unemployed or at risk of redundancy or covid related job loss.

If you are under 25 you may be eligible for a college fee waiver – see page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide

If you are not eligible for funding the cost of the course is £132.

If you’re not sure, or would like advice on funding please contact us.

What can I do on completion of my course?

At the end of the course you will have a final online meeting with your tutor who will check your understanding of all topics covered, and support you in exploring your next steps, either into employment, or further courses of study in Social Care.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.