Social Services and Healthcare SVQ2

What is special about this course?

This course is aimed at people who already work in social care in a support role and require an SVQ 2 in Social Services and Healthcare to meet the qualification requirements of their employer and the registration requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council.

Entry requirements

Communication and numeracy skills at SCQF level 4 or above, although consideration is given to mature students with no formal academic qualifications.

The SVQ Level 2 involves completion of 6 units, 4 mandatory and 2 option units from a given selection. Mandatory Units focus on Support Effective Communication Support the Health and Safety of Yourself and Individuals Develop Your Own Knowledge and Practice Support the Safeguarding of Individuals

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will study by way of class-room based lectures and tutorials in College and by using on-line support materials. The Course is continuously assessed.

How long will my course last?

Length - 6 months part-time

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall

Start date



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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

SVQ 3 in Health and Social Care and/or HNC in Social Care

Career Opportunities
With further training you will be able to pursue a career in social care.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI operates 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 age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.