Qualifications for supervisors in a care home service for adults

Supervisors are defined as workers who have responsibilities for supervising workers and for overseeing and monitoring the implementation of care plans.

You must obtain one of the following qualifications:

  • SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare (at SCQF Level 7)
  • SVQ Community Justice: Work with Victims, Survivors and Witnesses (Level 3) (Route 1)
  • SVQ Community Justice: Working with Offending Behaviour (Level 3)
  • HNC Social Care (2005 revised award G7ME15)
  • Certificate in Deafblind Studies with the Diploma in Deafblind Studies and The Practice Unit in Deafblind Studies

plus

An additional supervisory or management qualification containing supervision or management theory and practice suitable for a supervisor of a care service with a minimum of 15 credits at SCQF level 7 or above

or

  • BA (Hons) Social Work (or equivalent)
  • BA (Hons) Social Pedagogy (University of Aberdeen)
  • Degree or Diploma in Community Education or equivalent as recognised by the Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland Approvals Committee
  • A qualification meeting the registration requirements of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council or the following professional groups regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council:
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Art, Music and Drama Therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Speech and Language Therapists
    • Practitioner Psychologists.

or

Any qualification as defined in the category “manager” qualification

Acceptable QCF Diplomas for supervisors in care home services for adults

  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) from Wales and Northern Ireland plus the SQA unit Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all individuals (DK4104)
  • Level 3 Diploma In Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) from Wales and Northern Ireland plus the SQA unit Promote the well-being and protection of children and young people (DK4H04)
  • Level 3 Diploma for The Children and Young People's Workforce plus the SQA unit Promote the well-being and protection of children and young people (DK4H04)

plus

  • An additional supervisory or management qualification containing supervision or management theory and practice suitable for a supervisor of a care service with a minimum of 15 credits at SCQF level 7 or above.

Additional accepted qualifications

  • SVQ 3 Health and Social Care (at SCQF Level 7)
  • BA Social Pedagogy

Previously accepted qualifications for supervisors of care home services for adults

Other qualifications have previously been included in the qualification criteria for supervisors. You may hold one of them. The SSSC continues to accept these awards for registration.

  • S/NVQ Health and Social Care (Level 4)

or

  • HNC Social Care (all awards pre 2005) with the SVQ Health and Social Care units DK4R04; DK4K04; DK5704
  • SVQ Care or Promoting Independence (Level 3) or Caring for Children and Young People (Level 3)
  • NVQ Community Justice (Work with Offending Behaviour) (Level 3) to include or with the addition of a value base unit ('O' or Principles of Care)
  • NVQ Community Justice (Work with Victims, Survivors and Witnesses) (Level 3) to include or with the addition or a value base unit ('O' or Principles of Care)
  • S/NVQ Care (Level 3) with HNC Social Care (Combined Award)
  • NVQ Health and Social Care (Level 3)
  • Higher Education Certificate Care (Queen Margaret University)
  • Higher Education Certificate Person Centred Approaches for Social Care Workers(Queen Margaret University)
  • Certificate in the Residential Care of Children and Young People
  • CCETSW Certificate Residential Social Work
  • BA Community Care (Robert Gordon University)
  • BA (Hons) Learning Disability Studies (Manchester University)
  • Diploma in the Training and Further Education of Mentally Handicapped Adults
  • Diploma in Domiciliary Care Management
  • Degree/Diploma Curative Education

plus

  • An additional supervisory or management qualification containing supervision or management theory and practice suitable for a supervisor of a care service with a minimum of 15 credits at SCQF level 7 or above.

If you have a relevant qualification that is not on this list it may still be acceptable. Contact us on 0845 60 30 891 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.