Who is the course for? 

This course is for anyone who works, or is interested in working, in a role that provides community brokerage to build the capacity of people who need support to live full lives in their community. This approach builds on people’s strengths and explores how resources such as Self-directed Support can help. You may have professional or personal experience of providing community brokerage. People who have support needs or their carers may be interested in doing this course and they are very welcome. The diversity of participants with everyone working together from different perspectives is a positive feature of the course. 

How is it accredited? 

This is customised award that is certificated and externally verified by SQA. The course was designed by the Community Brokerage Award to provide accredited professional development for people working in a brokerage role. It is worth 30 credits at SCQF level 7

What is the course structure like? 

The course is a combination of group sessions, run online and independent learning. For each unit, the group will have four half-day meetings over the space of the fortnight. You will get lots of opportunity at these to share practice and learn from the experiences of others on the course. This will then be consolidated with three weeks to learn independently in your own time. You will use this to apply the learning to your own practice and complete an assignment. There is an optional online tutorial in this period to get help from your tutor with the assignment. You will then get a three to four week break before the next unit starts. 

How can I get support with fees? 

The course is eligible for a part-time fee grant with SAAS which can contribute up to £301 towards the fees. Most participants are funded by their employer. We do, however, have limited places available where we provide subsidised fees. If this would help you to access the course, please tell us more on the application form. 

What other support is available? 

We understand that there might be barriers that get in the way of your learning and have a support fund to help with things like dyslexia support or personal assistant costs. We’ll discuss options with you when you apply for the course and do our best to tailor your learning and assessment to meet your needs. Each participant is also allocated a personal tutor that is there to provide pastoral support throughout the course. 

What do people get out of attending the course? 

As well as the opportunity to gain a qualification, participants have told us they value learning with and from people with a range of experiences from right across Scotland. They find the course helps them to reflect on their experiences and build confidence in their role. For some people, the course is also a springboard to further learning. 

How do I apply?

Applicants complete a short application form and provide a personal statement about why they want to participate in the award. Applicants will then be selected to attend an interview after which successful applicants are offered a place on the course.