Introduction to a Career in Social Care Certificate

What is special about this course?

This 6-week, part time, on-line tutor supported course is ideal 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.

At the end of the course your online tutor will help you to decide what to do next, either into employment, or further courses. You will be awarded a Certificate which will help support you with your next steps.

The course is ideal for those who are unemployed or on temporary contracts.  

Entry requirements

A genuine interest in caring for others, a willingness to learn and a positive attitude.

  • What is adult social care in Scotland?
  • Different types of provision and different client groups
  • Rewards of working in the sector, including job security and career progression
  • The values of caring
  • Communication and reflection
  • Safeguarding
  • Digital enabled care

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Short course
  • Online



How long will my course last?

6 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date

There will be start dates once a month. For more information, contact


The programme is fully funded.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Career opportunities in adult social care are many and varied, with a variety of services meeting the needs of adults of all ages who need support. This could include settings such as care homes, care at home, or housing support services.

Roles could involve helping people to plan their support needs, stay safe and well, maintain and develop relationships, live independently, achieve what is important to them and to have fun.


Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in January 2024

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College UHI 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.