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SVQ Social Services and Healthcare 2 - SCQF Level 6

Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Open learning

Start date Aug 2024

Cost £900 - £973
(see funding options)

Choose your study options

Campus Sighthill Campus Study mode Open learning Start date 13/08/24
Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus Study mode Open learning Start date 13/08/24

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Course overview

This course is suitable for people who are currently employed as support workers in:

  • Care homes
  • Care at home
  • Housing support

SVQs are work-based qualifications that assess the skills and knowledge people need to perform their job role effectively. You will be allocated an assessor who will work with you to gather evidence demonstrating you meet the required standards. This qualification will enable the student to register with the SSSC.

In your current job role, you should be involved in:

  • Support effective communication in a care home/care home services where adults are cared for or supported  
  • Work with individuals to identify the support required for daily living and assist in activities to promote well-being and independence   
  • Support individuals to communicate what they wish to eat and drink and prepare selected choices before serving food and drink, support the individual to eat and clear away when they have finished
  • Support individuals with their personal care needs including access and use of toilet facilities, maintain personal hygiene and manage personal appearance  
  • Monitor the health and well-being of individuals with specific health conditions
  • Support with moving and positioning, assisting in medication and following all Legal and work-related policies and procedures

Writing a Personal Statement

Your Personal Statement is an important part of your application and it can help us to decide if you are suitable for the course.

To make sure that you are giving us all the information we need to consider your application fully, please include the following:

  •  Please identify who your current employer is and give details on your current roles and responsibilities in the workplace. (these should relate to the bullet points above)

You should check that the statement is written clearly, and using appropriate language. It’s a good idea to ask someone to proofread the statement before sending it.

Fees & Funding 

Fee: £900

Estimated Duration: 9 months

Edinburgh College makes every effort to support you throughout your qualifications. If you do not engage with the qualification and do not complete within the estimated completion period, Edinburgh College may implement a monthly fee of £150 (SVQ 2 and SVQ 3) or £218 (SVQ 4) per-person for ongoing assessor support. This would not apply if candidates are put on hold for personal or work-related reasons.

Funding

Various funding streams are available to cover some or all costs. These include:

  • Fees paid by employer or student
  • Voluntary sector organisations can apply to the Voluntary Sector Development Fund. This is done independently of the College. For more information on this please use this link: Scottish Social Services Council - Voluntary Sector Development Fund - Funding Scotland
  • Modern Apprenticeship funding may be available at all levels subject to funding allocations. Please note, there are additional requirements for accessing this funding such as completing additional units, completing regular and thorough review meetings, etc. This funding may fully or partially fund a qualification depending on allocations and levels.
  • You may be entitled to apply for a fee waiver for this course (this option is only for individuals who are paying for the course themselves - not businesses) – Please use the link to the application form for more information on this: Edinburgh College Fee Waiver Application Form  Fee waivers can only be offered if candidates provide documentary evidence to prove eligibility for fee waiver funding
What you will learn

The course contains 4 mandatory units:

  • Support Effective Communication
  • Support the Health and safety of Yourself and Individuals
  • Develop your Knowledge and Practice
  • Support the Safeguarding of Individuals

You will also select two optional units that relate to your current practice.

For further information on the qualifications and units please read the SQA Structure Document.

How the course is assessed

  • The course is assessed holistically by reflective accounts, observations, tasks and questions.

Number of days per week

  • Flexible learning.
  • Regular 1-1 meetings with your workplace assessor, at your workplace, at a college campus or online.

Entry requirements

  • Employed as a support worker in care homes, care at home services for adults or housing support.
  • Please contact SVQCARE@edinburghcollege.ac.uk if you have any questions about entry requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • SVQ SCQF 7, SVQ SCQF 8, LMC – dependant on work role

Career options

  • Care support worker for adults
  • Registration with the SSSC

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Cost
Sighthill Campus Open learning 13/08/24 £973
OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus Open learning 13/08/24 £900

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