SVQ Social Services & Healthcare - Level 3

Please note that due to COVID-19, this course will initially be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning. When delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place.

Working with adults in health and social care settings provides a rewarding career path. This programme is aimed at those already employed in a care environment. It includes a Scottish Vocational Qualification at Level 3, providing the qualification necessary for registration with The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The course includes both vocational and academic units and students will attend college 2 days per week.

  • Health and social care
  • Promote effective communication with, for and about individuals
  • Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the working environment
  • Reflect on and develop your practice
  • Promote choice, wellbeing and the protection of all individuals
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology
  • Care values
  • Protection and safeguarding

  • Practitioner roles in care home services for adults
  • Housing support worker roles

  • HNC Social Services (SCQF Level 7)
  • HNC Care and Administrative Practice (SCQF Level 7)
  • SVQ Social Services and Healthcare (SCQF Level 8/9)
  • All current learners must achieve a pass in all programme units and achieve a minimum of 90% attendance to progress to the next level of study.


  • Currently working in a suitable health or social care setting for a minimum of 16 hours per week. A suitable role would include individuals who are experienced in extensive care planning, key working roles, care reviews and updates.
  • Senior role/experience desirable
  • Successful interview
  • Clear occupational health check (may be required for some placement settings)

Plus one of the following:

  • SVQ Health and Social Care Level 2 (SCQF Level 5)
  • Four National 5 awards including English (or equivalent)
  • Successful completion of the NC Child, Health and Social Care, all routes (SCQF Level 5)
  • Successful completion of all units within the NQ Health and Wellbeing (SCQF Level 5)

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email

  • Location

    Stirling Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    23 August 2021

  • End date

    10 June 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6