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You can gain a qualification in college before you find your first job in social services or while you work. There are full time, part time and distance learning options. There are also professional development qualifications for those in work.

The key qualifications are listed below. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for courses which start at SCQF level 6 you should speak to the college so they can help you start your learning at the right level. There are courses at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 which can provide a pathway to the qualifications listed.

  • NC Early Education and Childcare at SCQF level 6.
  • HNC Childhood Practice at SCQF level 7.
  • HNC Social Services at SCQF level 7.
  • For PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF level 9 see Studying for a childhood practice award.

Here is a list of colleges offering social service qualifications. If you want to use your qualification for registration make sure it’s one we accept by checking our qualifications search.

The SQA Care website also provides a useful overview of social service qualifications.
 

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

North East Scotland College

www.nescol.ac.uk

Ayrshire

Ayrshire College

www.ayrshire.ac.uk

Borders

Borders College

www.borderscollege.ac.uk

Forth Valley

Forth Valley College

www.forthvalley.ac.uk

Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway College

www.dumgal.ac.uk

Edinburgh and Lothians

Edinburgh College

www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Fife

Fife College

www.fife.ac.uk

Glasgow

Glasgow Kelvin College

www.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk

Glasgow Clyde College

www.glasgowclyde.ac.uk

City of Glasgow College

www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

Highlands and Islands

Argyll College UHI

www.argyll.uhi.ac.uk

Inverness College UHI

www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk

Lews Castle College UHI

www.lews.uhi.ac.uk

Moray College UHI

www.moray.uhi.ac.uk/

North Highland College UHI

www.northhighland.uhi.ac.uk

Orkney College UHI

www.orkney.uhi.ac.uk

Perth College UHI

www.perth.uhi.ac.uk

West Highland College UHI

www.whc.uhi.ac.uk

Shetland College UHI

www.shetland.uhi.ac.uk

Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire College

www.south-lanarkshire-college.ac.uk

New College Lanarkshire

www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk

Tayside

Dundee and Angus College

www.dundeeandangus.ac.uk

West

West College Scotland

www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk

West Lothian

West Lothian College

www.west-lothian.ac.uk