Social Services and Healthcare SVQ3

What is special about this course?

The SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare is the replacement qualification for the SVQ 3 Health and Social Care.

It is designed for students who want to work in the Social Care sector, specialising in the care of adults. Work settings could include residential care for the elderly, working in the community, learning disability services, mental health, care at home etc.

Entry requirements

You must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare SCQF level 6
  • SVQ 2 Health and Social Care
  • NC Care or other relevant group award

The Level 3 SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 7 consists of 4 mandatory Units and 4 optional Units.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Students will have the support of a tutor who will attend their workplace to observe their practice. They will also have the opportunity to meet with their tutor away from their workplace who will assist them in the completion of their portfolio of evidence and support with underpinning knowledge.

How long will my course last?


The course is completed over approximately one and a half years, depending on your start date.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local Argyll College centre for start dates.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Students can progress to other appropriate SVQs up to and including level 4 (SCQF level 9). Students may transfer across to the children and young people sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People).The progression route for each student will depend on their job role and level of responsibility.

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Apply for SVQ3 in Health and Social Care

I want to start in JAN 2021

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