Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

What is special about this course?

This vocational course aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to work with children 0 - 16 years in a variety of settings and to qualilfy students to work in a supervisory capacity.

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

You will be required to undergo a 'Disclosure Scotland' check.

Entry requirements

  • 4 Standard grades @ 3 or above OR
  • Successful completion of' 'Towards a Career in Childcare'  OR
  • SVQ 2 Children's Care Learning and Development  OR
  • Open Door to Childcare.

To achieve the SVQ level 3, students must complete the five mandatory units and any four optional units.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Assessment is carried out in the workplace and is continuous. Students attend college for underpinning knowledge element.

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.  They are required to keep a diary of their work practices within their setting 

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

Start date

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


What can I do on completion of my course?

BA Child and Youth Studies

Is there more information available online?

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