Social Services and Healthcare SVQ3

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 will be selected for you.  

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?

18-24 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

Late August or January


The fee for this course is £1,248 which can be paid in instalments.

If you are on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits may receive a fee waiver. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible. If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and we can advise you.

If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you may be able to apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA) to cover up to £200 the cost of this course.

This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU).

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:  

  • 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. 

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

“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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I want to start in Jan 22

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