Service Learning- Service in the Community

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Service Learning- Service in the Community

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Criminal records background check (all students)
    Students who wish to take the Social & Public Policy Service-Learning course MUST apply for and receive a Tier 4 Student Visa

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Service-learning combines academic coursework with voluntary work in the community, to help you experience policy in practice. It is part of the Public Policy Honours curriculum, and an accredited course for visiting students.

    What is involved for visiting students?

    • one academic course in semester 1: Service in the Community (20 credits) 
    • 8 week placement, 6 hours per week, in a welfare agency in Glasgow
    • assessment: 3,000 word reflective journal

    Placement Opportunities

    Service-learning combines academic coursework with voluntary work in the community, to help you experience policy in practice. It is part of the Public Policy Honours curriculum, and an accredited course for visiting students.

    All placements are for 8 weeks, 6 hours per week, in Glasgow-based welfare agencies. Subject to availability, you can choose to volunteer in the following areas:

    Physical care

    • Care for terminally ill people in a hospice, or be involved in fundraising and other activities that do not involve contact with patients. A completed application form and two references are required.
    • Give personal and nursing care to the frail and elderly in a care home.

    Elderly people

    • Help to encourage social interaction and activities designed for physical and mental stimulation by providing support to frail, vulnerable and at risk elderly people.

    Children and young people

    • Assist a teacher in the classroom in a special education needs school for children aged 5 to 12 years.
    • Be a play worker, or work in the nursery in an after school hours recreation club for children and young people.
    • Assist a teacher in a mainstream secondary school classroom.

    Women's issues

    • Help with catalogues, archives and general running of a library which is for and about women.
    • Give support to women through individual or group work, telephone, letter, email, offering links to complementary therapies.


    • Support people with physical disabilities to help them live the life of their choice, and to increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. Activities include swimming, computing, arts and crafts, light woodwork, jewellery making, writers' workshop, sculpture group, cookery class and aromatherapy.
    • Help to provide recreational, educational and social therapy to people with physical disabilities and sensory impairments.
    • Assist in horse riding for disabled people, and the care and grooming of the horses. NB Previous horse riding experience is essential.


    • Help long term unemployed people return to work through various projects organised by a private company.
    • Be part of a film company working on community based projects.

    Helping the disadvantaged

    • Alleviate the effects of poverty by helping to obtain, refurbish and distribute furniture and other essential household items.
    • Help to provide meals, hot drinks and chat to the homeless, poor and disadvantaged.

    Social help and guidance

    • Be an advocate for asylum seekers; give advice on local services; and help in a centre for social interaction.
    • Give housing and other welfare advice and help to refugees and asylum seekers.
    • Offer advice on citizenship rights and welfare benefits. Essential training is given.
    • Help in operating the 'meals on wheels' service, running tea bars and trolleys within large hospitals, operating clothing stores for individuals in needs and providing 'Buses on Wheels' delivery to housebound clients.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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