Social Services SCQF Level 7

Combining key theoretical knowledge with the interpersonal skills and values required to work in social services.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at those who want to pursue a career in social care, working with a range of different types of people/service users. The course enables students to integrate knowledge, theory and practice in order to effectively pursue employment in a social care role, or to progress to further study at university degree level. 

What you will experience

On this course you will explore a number of important topics when it comes to working in social services. You will learn about the protection of individuals from harm and abuse, social policy, substance use and abuse, psychology and sociology.

You will cover 3 mandatory SVQ units, and throughout the course you will develop essential skills when it comes to team working in a care setting. 

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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area
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Entry requirements

Applicants should have two Higher level qualifications at grade C or above. Alternatively applicants should have successfully completed a relevant course of study at SCQF Level 6, e.g. NC Health & Social Care.

It is recommended that applicants have some prior work or voluntary experience within a social care setting. A genuine interest in working with people and good communication skills are essential, and references may be required.

A clear disclosure or ability to gain membership of the PVG scheme in respect of Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults will be required prior to placement allocation.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Please see below for your options. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


On successful completion of this course, you may want to pursue work in the following roles:

  • Auxiliary
  • Carer
  • Charity Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Hospital Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth Worker

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2017
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.