MA SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare SCQF 7

What is special about this course?

Working in Social Services and Healthcare is about providing physical, emotional and social support to help people live their lives.  For various reasons and at different stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity and control.  

This Modern Apprenticeship initiative offers people the chance to work towards achieving an SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF 7. The programme is a combination of work-based and college training and provides the dual benefit of students gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid as they work.

This Modern Apprenticeship consists of an SVQ and Core Skills.

Apprentice Benefits:

  • Debt free learning
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • Career progression opportunities

Employer Benefits:

  • Cost effective training supported by funding from Skills Development Scotland (up to 100% funding depending on age and eligibility criteria)
  • Develop up to date and relevant skills and qualifications

Entry requirements

Candidates should be working within a social services and healthcare setting at a supervisory/managerial role for a minimum of 3 months.

Potential MA Social Services and Healthcare (SCQF L7) should have completed their SVQ Level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare.

Candidates without evidence of achievement of formal academic qualifications as above will be asked to undertake a short ‘profile’ document to demonstrate ability of core skills at these levels.

This Modern Apprenticeship framework is developed by the sector skills council, SSSC, in consultation with employers and key partners in the industry. The course can be tailored towards the specific needs of the employer but will typically contain core skills and industry specific units. These include:


Four mandatory units;

  • Promote effective communication
  • Promote health, safety and security in the work setting
  • Develop your practice through reflection and learning
  • Promote the safeguarding of individuals

Four Optional Units – these units will be chosen with the advice and guidance of your assessor and employer to ensure they fit the criteria of your Modern Apprenticeship.

Core Skills

The Communication, Working with Others and Problem Solving Core Skills are fully embedded within the Social Services and Healthcare SVQ at SCQF 7, therefore, these core skills are not required to be delivered as part of the MA.

Candidate are required to achieve the following core skills;

  • Numeracy (SCQF 5)
  • Information and Communication Technology (SCQF 5)

(Candidates who have already been certificated as achieving Core Skills at the levels given above do not need to repeat these Core Skills as part of the Modern Apprenticeship Framework.)


While there is no formal requirement for enhancement to the framework, employers may provide additional training as required.

All of our Modern Apprenticeships are a blended delivery, the majority of the apprentices' time will be spent within the workplace however they may be required to attend college as part of their apprenticeship programme which will be agreed between the assessor and employer.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based
  • Online

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso
    • Alness
    • Work Based

Start date

September and January 


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Participants may enter into the wide range of full and part time provision offered by the college or continue with employment goals. Courses that may be considered include:

  • HNC Social Services
  • BA Hons Child and Youth Studies
  • BA Hons Health and Social Studies
  • PDA Care Services Management
  • PDA Health & Social Care: Administration of Medicine
  • PDA Health and Social Care Supervision

Is there more information available online?

QR Code - scan to visit course page

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for MA SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare SCQF 7

I want to start in 2020/21
I want to start in 2021/22

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at North Highland College UHI. North Highland College 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.