Introduction to a Career in Social Care Certificate

What is special about this course?

This 6-week, part time, on-line tutor supported course is ideal for those who enjoy working with people, are compassionate, have a sense of fun and are seeking a new rewarding career helping others live their lives to the full.

Participants will be able to work through the learning materials at their own pace, extending their learning through videos and links to further information. A college tutor will be available to provide support and encouragement to ensure participant engagement with all the topics, and to monitor progress.

At the end of the course your online tutor will help you to decide what to do next, either into employment, or further courses. You will be awarded a Certificate which will help support you with your next steps.

The course is ideal for those who are unemployed or on temporary contracts.

Entry requirements

A genuine interest in caring for others, a willingness to learn, and a positive attitude.

Unit 1 Introduction What is Adult Social Care?

The rewards of working in the sector and the opportunities for progression.

Unit 2 Use of Self Introduction to value-based care

The importance of good communication and working as part of a team.

Unit 3 Best Practice

Duty of care, SSSC, Care Standards, safeguarding and boundaries, infection control, digital-enabled care.

Unit 4 Reflective practice

Defining reflective practice and its importance, model for reflection, and learning from effective reflection.

Unit 5 Next Steps Exploring progress and career opportunities

Scottish qualification structure, employers’ views, service users’ views, employment, and further study opportunities.

How will I study my course?

  • Online

Participants will be able to work through the learning materials at their own pace, extending their learning through videos and links to further information. A college tutor will be available to provide support and encouragement to ensure participant engagement with all the topics, and to monitor progress.

How long will my course last?

6 Week


The course is a self-study of 10 hours per week with tutor support for 6 weeks. Students have the flexibility to work at their own pace but with tutor support when needed.

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    February

    Fees

    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

    Additional costs

    This course is available FREE - please contact us for eligibility criteria.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Career opportunities in adult social care are many and varied, with a variety of services meeting the needs of adults of all ages who need support. This could include settings such as care homes, care at home, or housing support services.

    Roles could involve helping people to plan their support needs, stay safe and well, maintain and develop relationships, live independently, achieve what is important to them and to have fun.

    Is there more information available online?

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.