Youth Work SCQF level 6 and SCQF level 7

Youth Work SCQF level 6 and SCQF level 7

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Youth Work at SCQF levels 6 and 7 allow candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as building relationships, facilitating learning activities, safeguarding and promoting mental health — all delivered under the umbrella of youth work values and principles.

This qualification has been designed by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland 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 are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally-recognised qualification that guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace. This minimises any time learners need to be away from their work.

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including the HNC in Working with Communities.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time 
  • open and distance learning 

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment or volunteering within a Youth Work setting and who wish to obtain a formal qualification

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job (paid or voluntary) or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow them to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although some experience in or knowledge of youth work would be an advantage.

Progression

The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • an SVQ in Youth Work at SCQF level 7
  • an HNC in Working with Communities or a related area
  • a PDA in Supported Employment
  • an SVQ in Community Development Work at SCQF level 7

The level 7 award could provide progression to:

  • employment in the communities sector, perhaps as a youth worker

Approval

Centres interested in offering this qualification must 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the assessment strategy.

How to assess

For general information, 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

Current

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: 
Level 6 - GT3H 22
Level 7 - GT3G 23
The SVQ in Youth Work at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory units and two optional units. 
The SVQ in Youth Work at SCQF level 7 consists of six mandatory units and two optional units. 

For details of the units making up the SVQs, please refer to the qualification structure.

SVQ Youth Work SCQF Level 6 Qualification Structure (98 KB)

SVQ Youth Work SCQF Level 7 Qualification Structure (98 KB)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification 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 SVQ is a mandatory component in the Modern Apprenticeship in Youth Work.

SQA also offers the following components of this apprenticeship

Unit Title SCQF 3 SCQF 4 SCQF 5 SCQF 6
Core Skills: Communication F425 04 F426 04 F427 04 F428 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F429 04 F42A 04 F42B 04 F42C 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42D 04 F42E 04 F42F 04 F42G 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42H 04 F42J 04 F42K 04 F42L 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42M 04 F42N 04 F42P 04 F42R 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Lapsing

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

These group awards have been replaced.

SVQ in Youth Work GL4J 22

SVQ in Youth Work GL4K 23

It entered its lapsing period on:

Level 2 SVQ Youth Work GL4J 22 – lapses 28/2/22

Level 3 SVQ Youth Work GL4K 23 – lapses 28/2/22

It finishes on:  

Level 2 SVQ Youth Work GL4J 22 – finishes 28/2/24

Level 3 SVQ Youth Work GL4K 23 – finishes 28/2/26

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 seven.

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 nine

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) (164 KB)

SVQ 3 Youth Work SCQF Level 6 Qualification Structure (GL4K23) (164 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 SCQF 5
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