SVQ Youth Work SCQF Level 7

What is special about this course?

This SVQ 3 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 within a youth work setting.

This award meets registration requirements for Scottish Social Services Council for Youth Workers. The SVQ in Youth Work helps to develop skills and knowledge already gained in a Youth Work setting.

Entry requirements

  • Suitable employment full or part time, voluntary or paid, in youth services at a supervisory/managerial level
  • You should ideally hold the SVQ2 qualification and work in at supervisory level

To achieve the qualification, candidates will complete five mandatory units and three optional units.

Mandatory units are:

  • Facilitate Young People's Exploration of Their Values and Beliefs
  • Enable Young People to Work Effectively in Groups
  • Enable Young People to Use Their Learning to Evaluate and Enhance Their Future Development
  • Fulfil the Legal Regulatory and Ethical Requirements Relevant to Youth Work
  • Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues

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.

How long will my course last?

12 Months

Part-time: 12 months

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso
    • Alness
    • Work Based

Start date

Intakes in September and March each year


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


  • Full-time: students should apply for full-time bursary funding
  • Part-time: students should apply for funding through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland
  • The College has a limited number of Modern Apprenticeships available for this award

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • HNC Social Services, HNC Childhood Practice or relevant Professional Development Awards (PDAs)
  • Enhanced employment opportunities or other relevant courses.
  • The award meets registration requirements for Scottish Social Services Council for youth workers
  • BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies, BSc (Hons) Psychology, BA (Hons) Health Studies and BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness

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