Social Services & Health Care SVQ3

What is special about this course?

This flexible work-based qualification which is accredited by SQA, aims to develop the candidate’s knowledge, understanding and skills required to work successfully with the older adult. Course material will be covered in the workplace through practise, observation and the creation of a portfolio. Additional time will be spent with open learning materials while receiving support from your tutor/assessor.

Entry requirements

Social Services & Health Care SVQ 2. Alternatively it is recommended that candidates have a minimum of 3 Standard Grades, one of which should be English. However, mature candidates with considerable experience in the sector will also be considered. You must be in full employment and working with older adults on a regular basis.

The aim of this course is to credit candidates with the competence gained in the workplace and to allow them to register as practitioners with the Scottish Social Services Council.  This course is made up of 4 mandatory and 4 optional units. 

The mandatory units are:

  • Promote effective communication. 
  • Promote health, safety and security in the work setting. 
  • Develop your practice through reflection and learning. 
  • Promote the safeguarding of individuals.  

4 optional are chosen from a selection to suit work placement

Candidates must be working in the health and social care sector.

This is a work based qualification with assessments being carried out at work with approximately 2 hours attendance at college required each week.

How will I study my course?

  • Work based

How long will my course last?

24 Months

For a level 3 candidates can complete their portfolio before the 24 months.

Where can I study my course?

    • Employers Premises

Start date

Flexible start dates when spaces and funding are available.

The SVQ will be achieved in the workplace, in the candidate’s own time and with the tutor/ assessor.


Funding availability changes each year. Funding can be available from Skills Development Scotland.

Please call for up to date information.


Please call for up to date information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Social Services & Health Care SVQ Level 4

BA Health & Welfare

BA Health & Welfare (Rural)

BA Social Work

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Social Services & Health Care SVQ3

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