Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ 4

What is special about this course?

This SCQF Level 9 award is required by managers of care settings as a second qualification for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council, or for managers who do not already possess a health and social care qualification. This includes care settings such as care homes, residential care or care at home services for children and young people.

Special features

  • You will achieve a nationally recognised qualification 
  • You will become more aware of and have the opportunity to enhance your own management skills
  • The award is a requirement for SSSC registration for managers and those working in care management with children and young people

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must have SVQ Level 3 and be working in a management position
  • For information on the SVQ 3 Health and Social Care, please contact the college at which you wish to study


Year 1 - SVQ 4

Mandatory subjects include:

  • Promote the well-being and protection of children and young people
  • Develop and maintain healthy and safe practices in the workplace
  • Continuing professional development of self and others
  • Promote and maintain effective systems for communication

You will also study four optional units

How will I study my course?

Part-time (Structured)

  • This course is work-based
  • You will be assessed in the workplace and will be allocated an assessor

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 18 months

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI - September start only
  • Shetland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Other start dates may be available in some locations. For information on other start dates and how to apply for them, please contact the campus you wish to study with.


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.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The SVQ will be studied by students as part of ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for managers.

Can I progress into further study?

Following successful completion of the SVQ you may wish to consider applying to one of the university degree programmes, e.g. BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ 4

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.