Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

What is special about this course?

Are you working in a childcare setting and would you like to work towards a qualification while you are in employment?

This level 3 Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 7 will allow you to demonstrate your competence and experience in skills relating to your 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.

Upon completion, you will gain an international recognised qualification which guarantees that you have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out your role successfully.

As assessment is normally carried out in the workplace this minimises any time you would need to be away from your work and will allow you to generate evidence based on the actual work you are carrying out. Workplace assessments will allow you to gain recognition for experience and workplace practice.

You will build an electronic portfolio of evidence which will enable you to match your skills and knowledge to nationally agreed standards for care, proving your fulfillment of the occupational standards for the course.

Entry requirements

To be eligible you must be working in a childcare setting.

This course is not suitable for school leavers.

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification

The target audience for the SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) are people who are practitioners in early years settings and residential/daycare for children and young people.

It is a requirement of the SSSC that everyone employed in this capacity should be working towards achievement of this qualification.

Entry is at the discretion of the College and candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

Unit examples include:-

  • Reflect and develop your practice
  • Promote effective communication
  • Promote health, safety and security in a work setting
  • Develop practice through reflection and learning
  • Promote the safeguarding of children and young people

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

12-18 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Work Based

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


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What can I do on completion of my course?

If successful, you can progress from the level 3 SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 7 to other appropriate SVQs up to and including level 4. Candidates may transfer across to the adult sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ Social Services and Healthcare. The progression route will depend on your job role and level of responsibility.

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Apply for Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.