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Working in the Community: An Introduction SCQF Level 5

Build the fundamental skills required to pursue further training or employment in the wide ranging social sciences sector.


Why take this course?

This course aims to prepare you for entering community-based employment, or for progressing to related study at a higher level. Throughout this course you will be introduced to subjects that will provide you with an understanding of your place in your community and what positive contributions you can make. You will also have the opportunity to explore some of the key issues that can affect a community.

The course involves both theory and practical elements, with a strong emphasis on active research and project based learning – excellent preparation for further study in social sciences, community and youth work studies, or employment in community-based roles such as the police, fire and emergency services, local authority and voluntary sectors.

What you will experience

During this course you will work towards the following SQA Units:

  1. Sociology: Social Issues (National 5)
  2. Criminology: Crime in the Community (National 5)
  3. Leadership Award (National 5)
  4. Personal Development: Self and Work (National 5)
  5. Preparing for Volunteering (National 5)

You will experience a variety of teaching methods within the classroom environment and be introduced to some of the skills essential to successful further education, such as research, communication and presentation skills. This course will be delivered within a local school or within a College campus. By demonstrating a genuine commitment to learning and self-study, you will be expected to develop the following essential skills:

  • Communication skills;
  • ICT skills;
  • Time management skills;
  • Researching, planning and preparation skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Self-evaluation skills;
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others.

Assessment on the course is diverse – mainly open book – and is aimed at developing a broad range of essential and employability skills.

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

In order to secure a place on this course you will be expected to have already achieved related qualifications at National 5 level, or be working towards related qualifications such as Modern Studies and English at National 5.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress towards the following full-time course at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


Many will pursue full-time employment upon successful completion of this course, or go on to secure a position as a Modern Apprentice.

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


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.