This course is specifically designed for those who are already working or volunteering in the community.  Successful completion will see you gain a Professional Development Award in Community Involvement as well as a range of units, contextualised to your role, in working in the wider community. The programme is designed to introduce you to Community Learning and Development (CLD) theory and practice, with particular focus on involvement in community capacity building, which is one of the three main strands of CLD. This level 6 award will prepare learners for possible progression to other programmes at an equal or increased SCQF level in the field of Community Learning and Development.    The award is suitable for learners who may have some understanding and experience of Community Learning and Development -but have no formal qualifications in the field. Those employed in the field of CLD, and who achieve a recognised qualification such as this award, may qualify for membership of the Scottish CLD Standards Council.


This course will start on the 24th January 2022 and finish on the 17th June 2022.


The majority of your theory will be taught online through Teams.




This course will start on the 24th January 2022 and finish on the 17th June 2022.

Entry Requirements

You must be prepared to work the majority of the time online, as the majority of this programme is theory.


You should be volunteering or working within the community or have past experience. You should be prepared to be on placement in addition to the college hours timetabled. You must be eligible to join the PVG scheme (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) which involves a criminal record check.


You must be capable of working and writing at SCQF level 6 – which is the same as Higher. You can demonstrate this with a good personal statement.  The offer of an interview for a place on the programme depends on the quality of your personal statement.  It should be no less than 250 words.


You should have access to a device with camera/speakers/microphone where you can do online research and write assignments as well as having access to the internet for live Team lessons.  You will be able to book study space within the campus to access wi-fi but should also then ensure you bring headphones/mike and your own device.  It will not be possible to complete this course using just a mobile phone.


A limited number of devices are available to borrow from the college if you do not have a device of your own.  £25 deposit is required if a device is available for borrowing.  Please ensure on your application you answer the question on device access. 


For places of work where groups meet you should be Covid Vaccinated. If you are already working or volunteering in the community we would recommend you are vaccinated.  We are unlikely to be able to find you a placement if you are not already vaccinated.  We may ask for evidence of vaccination at interview – Covid Passport App.  Any work-place or placement in this sector is legally entitled to ask for this proof from 11th November 2021.  If you are not already vaccinated but intend to apply for this course please book your vaccination appointment as soon as possible.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

In your application under ‘personal statement’ you should state where you currently work or volunteer.

Please be prepared to talk about yourself and why you want to gain qualifications in this area, what your future career plans are, and what support you have around you to keep you focussed on study.

Course Content

Personal development units – self and work, self and community, self-awareness.  Core skills – numeracy, communication and IT. Community – capacity building, introduction, values and principles.  Tutorial, placement preparation, placement (which is usually where you already work/volunteer)


There are assessments to complete which are mostly ongoing through portfolio, and mostly open book.  Where there are closed book assessments you may be asked to come in to the college building to sit these.


You may want to look at progressing to another level 6 full time programme or HNC level.  It is likely you will be able to qualify for membership of the Scottish CLD Standards Council and as such seek paid employment in the sector.

Career Prospects

Many community groups (paid and voluntary positions)

Additional funding information


Selling Points

Since the majority of learning is online – this programme can be delivered right across the region, with only a very few times where learners may need to attend Dumfries Campus for closed book assessments.  

Tutors will give out assessment timelines at the start of teaching each subject so that you will know in advance any dates where you will travel in to campus.