Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)

An SVQ is a certificate of vocational education in Scotland and available to people of all ages. SVQs are developed by Sector Skills Councils, in partnership with industry and awarding bodies and are made up of units derived from National Occupational Standards (NOS).  SVQs assess skills, knowledge and values in relation to a specific job role or range of job roles.

The key SVQs for workers in care and support services are:

  • Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 6

  • Social Services Children and Young People at SCQF level 6

  • Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 7

  • Social Services Children and Young People at SCQF level 7

  • Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9

  • Social Services Children and Young People at SCQF level 9

  • SVQ Leadership and Management for Care Services at SCQF level 10

The following SVQs may also be relevant, depending on the service you work in:

  • SVQ Support Services in Health Care at SCQF level 6

  • SVQ Health (Allied Health Profession Support) at SCQF level 7

  • SVQ Health (Renal Support) at SCQF level 7

  • SVQ Health (Decontamination) at SCQF level 7

  • SVQ Community Justice (Offending Behaviour) at SCQF level 7

  • SVQ Community Justice (Offending Behaviour) at SCQF level 9

  • SVQ Community Justice (Victims, Survivors and Witnesses) at SCQF level 7

  • SVQ Community Justice (Victims, Survivors and Witnesses) at SCQF level 9

Our NOS Navigator will help you find your way around the NOS.

A new qualification structure in the social service sector has meant changes to the Apprenticeship Frameworks.

The SSSC has frameworks at both modern and technical levels. All the frameworks are mapped to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and accredited by an awarding body.

Modern apprenticeships

  • Social Services and Healthcare SVQ 2 (SCQF level 6)

  • Social Services and Healthcare SVQ Level 3 (SCQF level 7)

  • Social Services Children and Young People SVQ Level 3 (SCQF level 7)

  • Leadership and Management for Care Services (LMCS) Level 4 (SCQF level 10)

Technical apprenticeships

  • Social Services and Healthcare SVQ Level 4 (SCQF level 9)

  • Social Services Children and Young People SVQ Level 4 (SCQF level 9)

  • Professional Development Award (PDA) Childhood Practice (SCQF level 9)

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