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Supervisors in care home, care at home and housing support services need to gain both a practice and a supervisory qualification. The main national practice award is the SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 7 or the HNC Social Services.

There are four ways to gain the additional supervisory qualification, which must contain at least 15 credits at SCQF level 7 or above of supervision or management theory and practice for a supervisor of a care service.

  1. PDA Health and Social Care Supervision at SCQF level 7.
  2. SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9.
  3. Any two units from the list we have specified here from SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9 and SVQ Care Services Leadership and Management at SCQF level 10.
  4. Another qualification that contains at least 15 credits at SCQF level 7 of supervision or management theory and practice specifically for a supervisor of a care service.

If you are considering progressing into a management role in the future, you may wish to consider options 2 or 3 above, as these would build towards meeting the requirements for managers in these care services.

Please note that qualifications must be specifically for a supervisor of a care service – we do not accept generic supervisory or management awards.

A manager of a care home, care at home or housing support service has to gain a practice qualification and a management qualification. The main national practice award is the SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9 and the main management award is the SVQ Care Services Leadership and Management at SCQF level 10.

There are different requirements for supervisors/managers in residential childcare, and lead practitioners/managers in day care of children services. Visit the Help with Register parts, fees and qualifications page to learn more about the qualification requirements for all roles.