Understanding Youth Work and Community (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6


This is an exciting programme potentially leading to further study at HNC level. The course will be classroom based and online. Attention to detail, a thirst for learning, and a desire to work with adults, young people and community groups will be essential for those who apply for this programme. You will gain understanding of working in youth work, and communities and the ethics of working with community groups. You will also gain an insight into society and theories around individual and group behaviour. 
Considerable time will be spent learning through our website, and additional time will be needed to study outwith the college hours.  You will be expected to volunteer, be working in or gain a placement to allow successful completion of the programme.
Students who have a supportive network around them tend to achieve more success on these courses where the ability to devote the time needed to study is a must.
You will be doing a lot of independent research online as well as written work.




One Year full time, two days per week in college/online and considerable placement hours

Entry Requirements

  • You must have 4 relevant National 5 level qualifications at B or above including English and Maths.
  • It is ideal if you are currently working or volunteering with community groups
  • Your personal statement in your application must be no less than 250 words
  • You must be over 18 years old at the start of the programme
  • You must be eligible to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG) with no criminal record.

Additional Entry Requirements

  • All applicants should ensure they have completed the application form accurately with a supporting statement of no less than 250 words.
  • All applicants will undergo an interview with a member of college staff to determine their suitability for the programme
  • All applicants must demonstrate motivation and possess appropriate abilities and skills to attend the programme they have chosen
  • All learners on a programme who wish to continue on to a further programme must be able to obtain a positive progressing learner reference.
  • This is a demanding course and you must have the capacity to attend 100% and commit time to studying outwith college hours

Information and Interview Session Requirements

  • Applicants must respond to the information and interview session invitation – your appointment may be offered to someone else if you do not. This interview may be held via Teams or phone. 
  • You should also be prepared to discuss and give your opinion on the following:
    • Strengths and weaknesses.
    • Skills you have that would be useful during the course of study.
    • Your understanding of current social issues.
    • Your understanding of the current key issues with young people
    • Prepared to discuss the following: The study of equality and diversity is important to understanding the impact community groups can make on the wider public
  • All learners on a programme who wish to continue on to a further programme must be able to obtain a positive progressing learner reference and meet criteria set by the department

Course Content

Capacity building, equality and diversity, ethics, understanding youth work, sociology, health promotion. Core skills are embedded on the programme
Course content is subject to change


Assessments are open and closed book tests, observations, reflective accounts and essays.


Progression from this course may lead to HNC Working With Communities.  It may also lead to employment or volunteering opportunities.

Career Prospects

A career in adult learning, community development, youth work including sports groups.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible to apply for EMA or Bursary please enquire with our student funding department

Selling Points

This course prepares candidates both for employment in the sector and for further academic study.  It improves learning opportunities for all levels of staff currently working in the community.