Essential Caring Skills & SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare SVQ2

What is special about this course?

This course enables a person who has not worked in social care to gain valuable work experience whilst working towards a qualification to work in care.

The course is full time and commences in August.  Students will be required to attend college 3 days a week and 2 days in a social care placement.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for these courses but prospective students will be expected to have basic literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to work at National 5 level.

Acceptance on the above courses will be subject to interview, satisfactory references and provision of PVG.

This course integrates care related modules with the SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare course.

In Semester 1, units include:

  • First Aid at Work
  • Practical Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Caring for People with Dementia
  • Working as a Team
  • Communications (Core Skills)
  • Numeracy (Core Skills)

In Semester 2, units include:

  • ICT (Core Skills)
  • Communicate and Complete Records for Individuals
  • Support the Health and Safety of Yourself and Individuals
  • Develop Your Knowledge and Practice
  • Ensure Your Actions Support the Care, Protection and Well-being of Individuals
  • Two further optional units from the SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare Framework

Optional units will be selected according to the client group the student is working with.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

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    Further education tuition fees

    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. Further information can be found at


    Funding Support may be available.  Please ask for information on enquiry.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    There are many job and career opportunities in social care employment in public, private and voluntary agencies working with various service user groups.

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