SVQ Youth Work SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

The SVQ in Youth Work at level 2 is a requirement of the Scottish Social Services Council for people who are employed in the youth work field in support worker roles. The target audience for the SVQ in Youth Work are people who are support workers in all services for young people.


Entry requirements

Work Based

  • Suitable employment full or part time, voluntary or paid, in youth services
  • Work in a youth setting at a support level

Full Time

  • NC Child, Health and Social Care group award plus two National 5 awards
  • Five National 5 qualifications at C or above including one literary subject eg English, History, Geography, Psychology or Care
  • Satisfactory interview

It is a requirement by the SSSC that everyone employed in this capacity should be working towards achievement of this qualification. To achieve the level 2 SVQ in Youth Work candidates will complete four mandatory units and one optional unit. This SVQ 2 in Youth Work is work-based and has a structured, but flexible, delivery.  Students are assessed in the workplace to allow you to demonstrate your competence.

The SVQ in Youth Work helps to develop skills and knowledge already gained in a Youth Work setting


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Work based

You will be supported in the workplace and will be allocated a local assessor who will mentor you and assist you to prepare your portfolio of evidence. Drop-in sessions in Alness and Thurso are also available to help you gather evidence and prepare your portfolio.  You are strongly encouraged to attend these.

This SVQ can be studied as a full-time student, where you will undertake four days equivalent work placement, preparing you for a career within a youth work setting, plus one days attendance at College.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso
    • Alness
    • Work Based

Start date

  • Full-time: Intake in September each year
  • Part-time: Intakes in September and March each year


For the latest information on fees please see our Tuition Fees information.


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, or go on to SVQ 3 in Youth Work. 

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