Introduction to a Career in Social Care

What is special about this course?

The course will introduce students to a career in Social Care, where opportunities are many and varied. The course has been designed 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.

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?

  • Part Time
  • Flexible
  • Short course
  • Online

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.

How long will my course last?

6 Weeks

It will run until June 2022

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)

Start date

Enrol anytime between now and May



Additional costs

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



What can I do on completion of my course?

Social care is about providing physical, emotional, and social support to help people live their lives. For various reasons and at different stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity, and control.

Social care provides a whole range of services to support adults and older people.

1.48 million people currently work in the social care sector. Because of the increasing number of disabled younger adults living longer and the growing number of older people needing care, adult social care is growing and the sector needs at least another half a million jobs, and people to do them, by 2030.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. UHI Outer Hebrides 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.