Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

What is special about this course?

This course will qualify those wishing to work within the Early Years or with Young people to a Practitioner level.

Successful completion of the course will allow the students to register with the Scottish Social Services Council at ‘practitioner’ level.

Entry requirements

Students should have attained one of the following:

  • SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF level 6
  • NC Early Education and Childcare

This vocational course aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work with children and young people 0 – 21 years in a variety of settings and to qualify you to work in a supervisory capacity. You will gain an international recognised qualification which guarantees that you have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out your role successfully.

The course consists of 4 mandatory Units and 4 optional Units.

Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit this webpage.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Placement in a nursery, school, playgroup or a mixture of all will be mandatory.

Students will attend college two days per week to write up reflective accounts on their practice within the childcare setting.  Students will have the support of a tutor who will attend their workplace to observe their practice, and assist them in the completion of their portfolio of evidence and support with underpinning knowledge.

How long will my course last?


Completion of the course will require the student to attend College 2 days a week and 2 days in placement for 34 weeks over one academic year.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

The course will start beginning of September of each year. Please contact your local centre for more details on precise dates.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

The progression route for each candidate will depend on their job role and level of responsibility.

Students can progress to SVQ 4 Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 9, or other appropriate SVQs at SCQF level 9.

Alternatively students could progress to BA Child and Youth Studies.

You may transfer across to the adult sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ Social Services and Healthcare.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

I want to start in 2021/22

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