Our Teaching Philosophy

The responsibility of the individual to learn, “I learn”, indicates a process through which you are willing to attain knowledge and skills. Such development requires many skills such as communication in its’ many forms, Information Technology and all this offers regarding resources and collaboration. Incorporated into this is the motivation required to push you to achieve. 

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Understanding Challenging Behaviour

Challenging behaviour seem to be two ‘buzz words’ used commonly today to describe the behaviour of young people where the behaviour causes some sort of difficulty for those around the young person. Very often when people discuss challenging behaviour we think of it as a condition to be cured from. 

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Core Training for You

In an effort to meet the changing needs of the social care sector we are putting together new training packages. These training package are part of a developing strategy that seeks to listen to the care sector and look to meet the needs of those providing care services.

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Attachment Theory

When we think about the different relationships we have and the relationships we see that other people have we may see that these relationships are different. People seem to relate to different people in different ways depending on the type of relationship they have with them.

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HNC Social Services

The aim of the HNC is to provide an integrated course of knowledge, theory and practice to equip candidates to work effectively within Care settings. It also aims to recognise the transference of such knowledge, theory and practice in a wider range of care settings.

Due to the nature of the learning the HNC will offer candidates the flexibility to embark on Higher National education whilst remaining within the care setting. This will enable a more effective merging together of theory and practice as the candidate employs such knowledge and theory within their workplace.

The main aim of the HNC is to provide an integrated course of values skills and knowledge, to equip learners to work effectively in a range of care settings. It also aims to provide an award flexible enough to meet the needs of employers, hence the inclusion of National Occupational Standards (three mandatory SVQ Units).

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The HNC in Social Services (SCQF level 7) will equip candidates to work effectively in a range of care settings with a variety of service users. Learners will gain an understanding of the values and principles of social care and will learn how to integrate those values with the necessary skills and knowledge. Areas covered include care in contemporary society, leadership, health wellbeing and safeguarding, lifespan development theoretical approaches, promoting health, safety and security in the work setting, developing your practice through reflection and learning, promoting effective communication, and care practice.


Macmillan Centre for Learning aims to provide an HNC Social Services course that meets the needs of the service user and those providing the service. Course schedules are developed through real consultation allowing for the flexible needs of the social care sector as you meet the ever changing needs of your service user.

If you are an individual looking to further your employment opportunities within the care sector contact us to see what we can do for you.

For details contact us at: malcolm@macmillancentreforlearning

or call on 01224 749562.

SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 7

The Level 3 Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 7 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development to ensure relevance to the sector.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.


The SVQ 3 is designed to enable practitioners to demonstrate the standard of their practice meets the requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council. As level 3 Candidates they will be expected to work with an Assessor to identify opportunities to demonstrate practice that are in keeping with National Occupational Standards. Macmillan Centre for Learning has received approval to delivery this award and can offer to deliver this using the Learning Assistant eportfolio system. The Centre looks to bring both the HNC Social Services and the Social Services (Children and Young People) Level 3 together to ensure effective application of underpinning knowledge therefore, enabling the Candidate the greater opportunity to provide the best service for the individual in receipt of care. Through engagement with the Virtual Learning Environment the Candidate will have access to a vast array of learning material and support as they embark upon a journey of self discovery.

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