HNC WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES
If you’d like to make a real difference to communities, supporting local people to thrive and develop according to their own needs and aspirations, then this is the course for you. The course is designed to support you to develop an understanding of the theories which support change in communities and the opportunity to link the theories with practice.
You might be involved in paid or voluntary community work and would like to gain a nationally recognised advanced qualification: to support better understanding of the role of community learning and development in different settings, to improve your work or to support you in opportunities for promotion or finding work with other agencies.
What you need to qualify for entry...
While no formal qualifications are needed for this course, you’ll need to demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills (because the work is very much about working with people and groups) and you’ll normally need to have a year or more’s experience of community learning and development practice. You’ll also have a passion for supporting people and promoting social inclusion.
If you don’t have previous experience of community learning and development work you might consider as a first step the College’s part time Introduction to Community Development course.
To be successful in this course you’ll need to have an interest in how communities and groups within them work and you’ll need to want to support them to change - in ways which suit them and in ways which include everyone regardless of their background and characteristics.
If applying for this course you should know that your personal statement will be of significance in considering you for interview or in subsequently offering you a place.
All learners on this programme will need to become members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme
You’ll learn about:
- the principles which underpin effective community practice;
- the social science approaches supporting theories of community change;
- how to manage resources;
- how to adopt and support a range of learning approaches;
- how to work with community groups (adults and young people); and
- how to support the development of community capacity.
The practice placement is an essential part of the course which is assessed through a graded unit.
The programme provides a local, national and global view of factors which affect our communities.
The course links theory with practice, and learners are encouraged to discuss and share their own experiences through classroom debates based on ‘hands on’ experience.
In this course you’ll explore what action people can take to tackle issues commonly faced by their communities, and you’ll discover approaches designed to overcome those barriers which support community groups to have a positive impact in their own areas.
The course is full time (two days per week in the College and practice placement in the community) over a teaching year between August and June.
Applicants wishing to study on a part-time basis over two years will be considered and should provide information on this in their application and at interview.
Students progress from this course to employment in the field of Community Learning and Development, working with young people, working with adults, supporting community capacity development or a combination of these.
While in its own right the HNC is a valuable and nationally recognised qualification, it also provides the preparation to support progression to university to study and further practice community development at degree level (at first or second year at the discretion of the university)