HNC Working with Communities

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.

  • 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.

  • 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, for example entry into year 2 of the following degree programme:

  • BA (Hons) Community Education – University of the West of Scotland

    Please note progression routes are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students should check with individual universities for more information, 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

Additional requirements:

  • 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



Falkirk Campus



Start date

21 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 7