Youth Work SVQ 2 at SCQF level 5 and SVQ 3 at SCQF level 6

Youth Work SVQ 2 at SCQF level 5 and SVQ 3 at SCQF level 6

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) allow learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as initiating, building and maintaining purposeful relationships with young people and assisting them to express and realise their goals. It also includes planning, preparing and facilitating activities with young people, and working with young people to safeguard their own welfare.

This SVQ is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) which have been reviewed by the standards setting body for the sector National Youth Agency (NYA) together with Joint Education and Training Standards (JETS). The standards provide an accurate and detailed definition of what learners must know, understand and be able to do.

These awards are also part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Youth Work L2 and L3. Modern Apprenticeships offer those aged over 16 paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level.

This qualification is available through employers 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 SVQs in Youth Work will enable those working in this sector to develop the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate competence in their job role.

As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) courses


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.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.


The SVQ 2 could provide progression to:

  • the SVQ 3 in Youth Work at SCQF level 6


Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

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)

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL4J 22
The SVQ 2 at SCQF level 5 consists of four mandatory units and two optional units from a choice of 7.

Group award code: GL4K 23
The SVQ 3 at SCQF level 6 consists of six mandatory units and two optional units from a choice of 9.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structures.

SVQ 2 Youth Work SCQF Level 5 Qualification Structure (GL4J22) (64 KB)

SVQ 3 Youth Work SCQF Level 6 Qualification Structure (GL4K23) (69 KB)

National Occupational Standards

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

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Modern Apprenticeships

This Award is also part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Youth Work L2 and L3

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship.

Unit Title SCQF 4 (for SVQ 2) SCQF 5 (for SVQ 3)
Core Skills: Communication F426 04 F427 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42A 04 F42B 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42E 04 F42F 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42J 04 F42K 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42N 04 F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Youth Work Assessment Strategy level 2 and 3 (297 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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