Social Services Children and Young People SCQF 7 SVQ

What is special about this course?

This award meets registration requirements for Scottish Social Services Council for Children & Young Peoples Care Workers. The SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare (Children and Young People) helps to develop skills and knowledge already gained in a childcare setting.

This SVQ 3 in Social Services and Healthcare (Children and Young People) is work-based and has a structured, but flexible, delivery. Students are assessed in the workplace to allow you to demonstrate your competence.

Entry requirements

  • Suitable employment full or part-time, voluntary or paid, in children’s residential care settings or children’s educational setting
  • You should ideally hold an SVQ 2 qualification or equivalent
  • Work in a childcare setting at a supervisory level for a minimum of 3 months
  • Demonstrate an ability to write at SCQF level 5 or above with appropriate literacy skills

For Registration purposes, the completion of 4 mandatory and 4 optional units is required.   

The 4 mandatory units are: 

  • Promote Effective Communication 

  • Promote Health and Safety in the Work Setting  

  • Develop your Practice through Reflection and Learning  

  • Promote the Safeguarding of Children and Young People 

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based

You will be supported in the workplace and at your weekly drop-in session, by a local assessor who will mentor and assist you in preparing your portfolio of evidence. 

Drop-in sessions are available one day per week at our Thurso and Alness campuses and you will be strongly encouraged to attend. 

How long will my course last?

12 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Alness
    • Thurso
    • Work Based

Start date

Intakes in September and February each year


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


  • Students should apply for funding through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland:
  • The College has a limited number of Modern Apprenticeships available for this award

What can I do on completion of my course?

This award meets registration requirements for Scottish Social Services Council for senior children and young people care workers.

On successful completion of level 3, in addition to your enhanced employment opportunities, you may be able to move on to:

  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • HNC Social Services
  • BA Hons Child and Youth Studies
  • BA Hons Health and Social Studies
  • PDA Care Services' Management
  • PDA Health & Social Care Administration of Medicine
  • PDA Health and Social Care Supervision
  • CPD Leading and Managing in Care Services

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