Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

What is special about this course?

SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) allows you to evidence that you can meet the National Standards drawn up for work in social care at practitioner level. It is one of the qualifications specified by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which meets the registration criteria for social care workers.

The SVQ Level 3 awards each involve completion of 8 units, 3 of which are contained in the HNC Social Care. These include a focus on communicating for and about individuals, health and safety, and reflecting on and developing practice. Other units will be relevant to work in particular social care settings.

Entry requirements

Minimum age 18 years. SVQ 2 or equivalent qualification. An appropriate job role that meets the requirements for evidencing practice at SVQ 3. A minimum of 120 hours relevant care experience.

The SVQ Level 3 involves completion of 8 units, 4 Mandatory and 4 optional units from a given selection. Mandatory Units focus on:

  • Promote Effective Communication
  • Promote Health, Safety and Security in the Work Setting
  • Develop Your Practice Through Reflection and Learning
  • Promote the Safeguarding of Children and Young People

The course focuses primarily on the development and enhancement of social care skills.

There is a choice of option units which allow students to choose units that are occupationally relevant.

How will I study my course?

  • Day release

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    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.


    Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

    Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

    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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