HNC Working with Communities
Please note that due to COVID-19, this course will initially be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning. When delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place.
This course is aimed at people who wish to pursue a career working within a community based setting and who are already, or would like to become involved in community based development work.
The course provides a nationally recognised qualification and recognises the skills, qualities and knowledge developed through experience of working within the community. Students will undertake a placement in the statutory or the voluntary sector doing community work, youth work or adult education to give them valuable practical experience.
Course content includes:
- Planning Resources
- Learning Approaches
- Group Work
- Principles and Practice
- Social Science Approaches
- Workplace Practice
- Adult Learning
- Graded Unit
- Working with Young People Placement Information: Central to the course is a mandatory work placement.
- Students will be in the College for two days a week and undertake the placement during the remainder of the week. Learners can use existing paid or voluntary work for their placement or may be supported to find a placement.
There are many employment opportunities including:
- Working with disadvantaged communities in adult learning
- Youth work
- Arts projects
- Community development
On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.
Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into year 2 of the following degree programmes:
- BA (Hons) Social Science - Abertay University
- BSc (Hons) Public Sociology - QMU
- BA (Hons) Community Education - University of the West of Scotland BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies
- BA (Hons) Choldhood and Youth Studies - Open University
Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.
- Clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check required. Further information on the PVG Scheme will be issued to successful applicants prior to enrolment.
- Applicants must provide a 500 word written piece giving their reasons for applying and any relevant experience. This should be submitted along with an application.
- Entry will be by interview and a pre-interview written task will be undertaken
- Ideally entrants will have Two Highers at grade C or above or an appropriate grouping of SQA units
- Experience of working in the community is essential
- References may be requested
Further advice for full-time applicants:
• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email email@example.com
08 September 2020
18 June 2021