Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 7 SVQ

What is special about this course?

All staff working in the Social Services and Healthcare sector at a senior level, for example team leaders and supervisors, are required to complete the SVQ 3 qualification. 

This is a work-based, part-time qualification which will allow you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council.

Work settings could include residential care for the elderly, working in the community, learning disability services, mental health, care at home, and many more. 

Entry requirements

  • You must be working in a Social Services or Healthcare setting

You will be invited to meet with us to determine whether the course is right for you, before we confirm your place on this course. 

  • Promote Effective Communication 
  • Promote Health, Safety and Security in the Work Setting 
  • Develop your Practice through Reflection and Learning  
  • Promote the Safeguarding of Individuals  

Plus four further units which are selected by you in line with your current work responsibilities.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based

You must be working for at least 12 hours per week. You’ll spend a further 4 hours per week in flexible time. There is no scheduled class time but you will be expected to attend regular meetings with your assessor. These are arranged to fit around your work schedule where possible and happen every 2-4 weeks. 

Occasionally, you will also be assessed in your workplace. 

How long will my course last?

15 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre
    • Tobermory Learning Centre

Start date

Multiple dates throughout the year


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

What you do after this SVQ will depending on your job role and responsibilities. Further study could include:  

  • SVQ4 Social Services and Healthcare
  • PDA Leadership and Management
  • PDA Supervision 
  • PDA Dementia  
  • PDA Medication  

Successful completion of this course will allow you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council and continue working within Social Services and Healthcare. 

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“It has increased my confidence in my practice and I now have the qualification required for my SSSC registration. This is a great course for anyone working in health and social care.” Noreen, 2020/21

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