Health Care and Social Services

Access to Social Services


Available at Coatbridge


This course provides an opportunity for students who are returning to education to obtain the qualifications to progress to HNC Social Services.

The Access to Social Services course is a level 6 qualification. The course is aimed at individuals who have life experience either formally or informally relating to care support and/or care work. There are no formal qualifications required for entry to the course but all applicants must evidence experience in providing care either via paid care work, volunteering or informally with family members, friends and/or children.

Applicants will study a variety of care subjects including Values and Principles, Human Development and Behaviour and Supporting Children's Rights and Entitlements. In addition applicants will work towards gaining both the John Muir Award and the three unit Mental Health and Wellbeing Award.

The overall aim of the course is for applicants to gain a level of qualifications including essential skills of numeracy, ICT and Literature 1  to enable them to progress onto the HNC Social Services course. Alternatively successful students can apply for employment within the care sector with a grounding knowledge of care units.



Course Information

There is no formal qualification although all prospective students may be asked to attend an interview and must demonstrate a genuine interest in social services and complete a piece of written work as part of the application process.  This will demonstrate the ability to work at SCQF Level 6, equivalent to Higher-level study.

If you have left school within the last five years, two qualifications at National 5/Highers level, are advantageous preferably in English and a social subject, as is having passion or experience of care work in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Applications may be considered from individuals, who have successfully achieved the SCQF Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare.

Please note: Your place on the course will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check in the form of an enhanced PVG.

Students will be in college three full days per week. The college day starts at 9am and finishes at 4:15pm.

On this course you will study Human Development and Behaviour, Social Influences and Values and Principles. You will also study core skills such as Communications and Numeracy.

All subjects will be taught and assessed as a continuous process, with no end-of-course examinations. A combination of workbooks, practical activities, and written assessments are used to assess knowledge and understanding.

Classes Available



  • Days
  • 3 days pw
  • Start Date
  • 22 Aug 2022