Social Services and Healthcare SVQ2

What is special about this course?

Learn while you work with Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). Modern apprenticeships in Scotland are available for people who are aged over 16 and in employment. With on-the-job training and regular meetings in the workplace you can gain a recognised qualification without studying full-time. Funding for MAs can be gained from Skills Development Scotland.

Social Services and Healthcare vocational qualification (VQ) level 2 allows you to register with the Scottish Social Service (SSSC).  It supports you to enhance your practice and understand the legalities surrounding the work you carry out.  It is a legal requirement that individuals who work in care hold a VQ relevant to their job role.

It is a work based course and your assessor will meet and work with you on a one-to-one basis in your place of work.  No college attendance is required but you will have full use of all facilities, including student services and the library.

You are assessed on how well you practice and on your underpinning knowledge of the care standards, codes of practice and further legislation relating to your job role.

Entry requirements

You must have at least six months experience working in a care environment and a good understanding of the English language.

You will be observed in your practice by a qualified assessor.  Support will be given to you to enable you to write accounts based on your day to day practice.  You will be expected to research relevant legislation, work base policies, care standards and codes of practice.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based

How long will my course last?

6 Months

Work based, up to a maximum of 9 months

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date

Flexible - January, May or September


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?

Individuals who have this qualification often progress in their employment and go on to study at more advanced levels.

A SVQ at this level is a sound entry level qualification which meets the criteria required for care staff to register with SSSC.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Social Services and Healthcare SVQ3

I want to start in Jan 2024or Sept 2024or Jan 2025 orMay 2025

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.