Social Services (Children and Young People) (SCQF level 9) SVQ

What is special about this course?

This SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) 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 Social Services and Health Care SCQF level 7, please contact the college at which you wish to study


Year 1 - SVQ

Mandatory subjects include:

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

You will also study four optional units.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

This course is work-based and therefore will have limited changes to the delivery for 2021-22. You will work with your assessor to develop your e-portfolio. You will also have a face to face or online induction at the start of the course. The required work-based observations by your assessor will be conducted when it is possible and safe to do so, following Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, most likely towards the end of the course. It will be possible to extend the length of the course to accommodate this element. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • 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 - June start only - use JAN/FEB link to apply
  • Shetland 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.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


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, such as BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Social Services (Children and Young People) (SCQF level 9) SVQ

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

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