SVQ Social Services & Healthcare - Level 3

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).

Course content includes:

  • 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

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6