Working with Communities SCQF Level 6

Preparing you for work in the community learning and development sector.


Why take this course?

This course prepares students for work in the community learning and development field, and opens up progression opportunities for further study. This broadens the choice of qualifications available to candidates, allowing for enhanced occupational, transferable and employability skills.

The award sits well with the Curriculum for Excellence ethos, as it explores social responsibility and will develop the skills needed to become successful, confident learners and active citizens. The course also allows for practical experience in a Work Experience Unit.

What you will experience

You will develop professional awareness of work in various community contexts and key values/principles (including your own and those of other professionals) and how these may impact community learning and development practice. You will develop as a reflective practitioner, building communication and interpersonal skills to enable you to work effectively and collaboratively with individuals or groups.

In addition, you will explore sociological perspectives and how these can help you understand communities, as well as issues related to/how to promote equality and diversity in communities. Completion of the Work Experience Unit will boost your confidence within a practical environment.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have well developed communication skills, both oral and written, and good interpersonal skills, as well as: SCQF level 5 qualifications (e.g. Standard Grade Credit, National 5 or Intermediate 2); other relevant similar qualifications; relevant experience in a paid or voluntary capacity; a keen interest in working in community learning and development; or the wish to progress to further study.

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

Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 


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


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