An Introduction to a Career in Social Care (Nttf/Ypg)


This exciting brand-new six-week, part-time programme is being delivered entirely online in conjunction with College Development Network to help give you the flexibility to study around your other commitments. 

This course will introduce you to a career in social care, which will lead to a rewarding career path with many employment opportunities throughout Dumfries and Galloway, as well as filling a current skills gap.
If you enjoy working with people, are compassionate and want to help others live their life to the fullest, then this may be the right course for you to kickstart a new career. 

The course is supported by an online tutor who will check your progress throughout and offer support. You will learn what to expect from a career in social care and understand the varied career or further study possibilities available to you as a result of taking this course.  

Course code





This course is designed to study over six weeks, although it can be completed faster.

Course Content

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.

The course will cover the following:

  • Theme 1 - Introduction
    What is Adult Social Care? The rewards of working in the sector and the opportunities for progression.
  • Theme 2 - Use of Self
    Introduction to value-based care, the importance of good communication and working as part of a team.
  • Theme 3 - Best Practice
    Duty of care, SSSC, Care Standards, safeguarding and boundaries, infection control, digital-enabled care.
  • Theme 4 - Reflective Practice
    Defining reflective practise and its importance, model for reflection, and learning from effective reflection.
  • Theme 5 - Next Steps
    Exploring progress and career opportunities, Scottish qualification structure, employers' views, service users' views, employment, and further study opportunities.


Employment or further study opportunities in Social Care

Additional funding information

Fully Funded course for Scottish Residents only
Non-Scottish residents, can still undertake this course, however full course fee applies.

Course Contact Details

Telephone: (01387) 734 199