MA SVQ Level 3 Youth Work SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Youth Workers plan, organise and oversee community programmes aimed at young people.  Youth Workers work directly with children and young people, helping them to build life skills, develop healthy relationships and support them to make decisions that are right for them.  

This Modern Apprenticeship initiative offers people the chance to work towards achieving an SVQ in Youth Work at SCQF 6. 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, Core Skills and an Enhancement.

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 youth setting at a supervisory/managerial level for a minimum of 3 months.

Candidates should also hold the SVQ 2 in Youth Work.

Candidates without evidence of achievement of formal academic qualifications 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, JETS, 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:


Six mandatory units;

  • Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues and Stakeholders to Support Youth Work
  • Enable Young People to use their Learning to Enhance their Future Development
  • Enable Young People to Work in Groups
  • Work with Young People to Safeguard their own Welfare
  • Ensure that Youth Work Activities Comply with Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Requirements
  • Work as an Effective and Reflective Youth Work Practitioner

Two Optional Units – these units will be chosen with the advice and guidance from 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 Youth Work SVQ at SCQF 6 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.)


At least one enhancement must be chosen and agreed with the assessor from the list provided by JETS such as;

  • Core skills at a higher level
  • ECDL, PC Passport or equivalent SQA
  • First Aid SQA

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
  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • BA Hons Child and Youth Studies
  • BSc Hons Psychology
  • BA Hons Health Studies
  • BSc Hons Sport and Fitness

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