SVQ 3 Paralegal Practice at SCQF level 7

SVQ 3 Paralegal Practice at SCQF level 7

The SVQ in Paralegal Practice at SCQF level 7 is a qualification for those working in legal offices who wish to develop skills in Paralegal Practice at an introductory level.

Most learners are likely to be school leavers who will complete the SVQ as part of a Modern Apprenticeship in Paralegal Practice. Learners could be working in the private sector, in company legal sections, in local authorities, or in a legal outsourcing company.

The SVQ and Modern Apprenticeship in paralegal practice was developed by Skills for Justice.

The SVQ is jointly awarded with the Scottish Paralegal Association.

This qualification is available through employers, college/employer partnerships and training providers.

Important information: As of 1 September 2016, all SVQs with an established SCQF level no longer include the SVQ level in their titles. Please note that our web pages and documents will gradually be updated over time as the SVQs are reviewed, so may still contain the existing titles. More information on SCQF levels can be found on our SCQF web page.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQ in Paralegal Practice at SCQF level 7 can be embedded in a company’s normal training and development process or can be taken as part of an apprenticeship training programme.

It has been designed to be assessed in the workplace and can be offered at any time without the need to follow the academic session.

This SVQ could appeal to a wide variety of potential candidates, and opens up the possibility of continued study.

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQ in Paralegal Practice at SCQF level 7 is for those working in legal offices in the private sector, in company legal sections, in local authorities, or in legal outsourcing companies, who wish to become a trainee paralegal.

It is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for some time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification

Learners should be in a post that will enable them to provide the required evidence.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.

Progression

The SVQ could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/HND in Legal Services
  • a PDA at SCQF level 8 in a legal specialism
  • employment in the legal sector, perhaps as a trainee paralegal

Approval

Centres will have to come forward for approval to offer this qualification and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Centres will need to meet the Skills for Justice Assessment Strategy requirements.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs.   For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GH2W 23

The SVQ 3 Paralegal Practice at SCQF level 7 consists of eight mandatory Units and three optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (68 KB).

National Occupational Standards

The SVQ incorporates the NOS in paralegal practice developed by Skills for Justice.

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Awarding partnership arrangements

This SVQ is jointly awarded with the Scottish Paralegal Association

Modern Apprenticeship

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Paralegal Practice Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7. 

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

SVQ Level 3 Paralegal Practice at SCQF Level 7 GH2W 23

Unit Title

SCQF 5

Core Skills: Communication

F427 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F42B 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42F 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42K 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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