SVQ 3 in Healthcare Support (Clinical) SCQF Level 7

What is special about this course?

This award will allow a Clinical Healthcare Support Worker to demonstrate competence and knowledge while gaining recognition for their level of work.  With the support of an assessor, the candidate will collate examples of everyday tasks and build an e-portfolio of evidence.  Various assessment methods will be explored throughout the award with an emphasis on observation and reflection.

Entry requirements

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow them to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.

This qualification covers 3 mandatory areas:

1. Promoting effective communication in a healthcare environment

2. Maintaining health, safety and security practices within a health setting

3. Developing your practice through reflection and learning


Candidates must complete eight units in total: three mandatory units and five chosen by the candidate from a suite of options.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure document:

How will I study my course?

  • Work based
  • Day release

Teaching will be a variety of classroom sessions and workplace learning/assessments

How long will my course last?

1 Year

The Scottish Vocational Qualification Healthcare Support (Clinical) at SCQF level 7 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their areas of work and experience.

Successful candidates will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully. Employers also benefit from knowing their employees have been assessed as being proficient.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall
    • Work Based
    • Employers Premises

Start date

October/November 2023


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.


If studying the Modern Apprenticeship route, in most cases fees are covered.

If studying the SVQ route, there are funding options available which vary depending on your specific circumstances. Please contact your training provider for further information.

Additional costs

Part-Time Cost for 23/24 - £1440

What can I do on completion of my course?

The level 3 award could provide progression to:

  • employment in the Healthcare sector, perhaps as a Senior Clinical Healthcare Support Worker
  • related PDA's in the Healthcare sector

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