SVQ 4 Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9
The Level 4 Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work.
This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development to ensure relevance to the sector.
SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.
This qualification is available through employers and training providers.
Why deliver this qualification
The Level 4 SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9 is a re-accredited qualification.
Upon successful completion, learners will gain an international recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.
As assessment is normally carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work and allows candidates to generate evidence based on the actual work they are carrying out.
Candidates can progress from the Level 4 SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9 to other appropriate awards. Candidates may transfer across to the children and young people sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People). The progression route for each candidate will depend on their job role and level of responsibility.
The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:
The achievement of other qualifications such as HNC Social Care and other relevant Care qualifications at SCQF level 7 and 8 can contribute towards gaining underpinning knowledge for this award.
Who does this qualification suit
It is a requirement by the SSSC that everyone employed in this capacity should have achieved or be working towards achievement of this qualification.
This SVQ is suitable for:
- individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
- people who are employed in the health and social care sector in a senior and/or management role.
Entry is at the discretion of the centre.
Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.
The level 4 award could provide progression to:
- Candidates can progress from the Level 4 SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9 to other appropriate awards. Candidates may transfer across to the children and young people sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People). The progression route for each candidate will depend on their job role and level of responsibility.
Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.
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.
Where can you take this course?
Qualification content and delivery tools
Information about the qualification(s)
Group Award Code: GH61 24
The Level 4 SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 9 consists of 4 mandatory Units and 4 optional Units.
For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure
National Occupational Standards
Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.
Core Skills signposting
This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 4 Social Services and Healthcare Technical Apprenticeship.
Those undertaking Technical Apprenticeships need to have career skills certificated rather than core skills. Technical apprentices must achieve career skills at a minimum of 15 credits at SCQF Level 7, or above, as well as the SVQ. The career skills need to be separately certificated and cannot be used if they form part of the SVQ studied by the candidate. This is considered double counting. The technical framework will identify eight units from which candidates can choose those most suitable for their learning/employment to fulfil the 15 credits requirement noted above.
Table 1 below list the Units candidates can select.
|SSC/NOS Code||Unit title||SCQF level||SCQF credit|
|CFAMLD9||Build and manage teams||7||8|
|CFAMLD6||Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in your area of responsibility||7||14|
|CFAMLA2||Manage your own resources and professional development||7||8|
|CFAMLD3||Recruit select and keep colleagues||9||12|
|CFAMLB11||Promote equality of opportunity. Diversity and inclusion in your area of work||8||10|
|CFAMLB6||Provide leadership in your area of responsibility||8||9|
|CFAMLC2||Encourage innovation in your area of responsibility||9||12|
Apprentice providers will need approval from the relevant awarding body to deliver and certificate career skills separately.
Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material
Candidate Recording Forms
- Candidate Portfolio A4 Cover (118 KB)
- Candidate Portfolio SVQ 4 Social Services and Healthcare (58 KB)
- SVQ Index (11 KB)
- New SVQ Evidence Gathering Form (22 KB)