Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

What is special about this course?

With on-the-job training, students can gain this SVQ Level 3 recognised qualification without studying full time. Funding can be applied for through Skills Development Scotland.

The course is designed to allow students to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and is run by highly skilled assessors with extensive experience in all aspects of working with children. Students will learn the underpinning childhood theory that supports their work in practice.

Entry requirements

To apply you should have six months experience of working in a childcare or education setting and have a good standard of written communication.

You need to complete 8 Units for this course. Four are mandatory and four are chosen in conjunction with your assessor and employer to reflect your workplace role in the setting. 

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based

Online and face to face.
All learning and progression is supported by the workplace and Assessor. 

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Expected duration of the SVQ 3 is one year. 

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date

This course runs over the academic year. 


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

Additional costs

Fees for this course need to be in place before commencing.

Applicants can apply to SAAS for funding/ and or their local authority/and or self-fund. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Working as a Registered Early Years Practitioner
Classroom Assistant
Additional Support Needs Worker
Youth Worker
Play Worker
Inclusion Officer
Social Worker

Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study:
BA Childhood Practice
Child and Youth Studies


Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

I want to start in Jan 2024 or May 2024 or Sept 2024 or Jan 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.