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SVQ Social Services and Healthcare 4 - SCQF Level 9

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 9

Study mode Open learning

Start date Aug 2024

Cost £1600
(see funding options)

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Course overview

The SVQ Social Services and Healthcare SCQF level 9 (SVQ 4) is a candidate-led program, leading to a qualification which will enable them to register with the SSSC as a manager if they also have the appropriate leadership qualification. This course supports candidates in building a portfolio of evidence demonstrating they have the knowledge, skills and values required to meet the industry-specified standards. Throughout this process, they will be individually supported by an experienced assessor.

Your roles and responsibilities should include:

  • Be responsible for meeting regulatory requirements, evidence gathering, identification of gaps and acting to meet requirements
  • Be responsible for leading the planning process for care or support plans
  • Be responsible for the continuing professional development of yourself and others through staff development and performance development review systems
  • Establish your own understanding and that of others about safeguarding and what action to take in cases of actual or potential harm or abuse
  • Have overall responsibility for managing and developing workers within the service, for example through providing or managing the provision of supervision, performance reviews

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 outline your current roles and responsibilities in the workplace.

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 and Funding

Fee: £1,600

Estimated Duration: 18 months

Edinburgh College makes every effort to support candidates throughout their qualifications. However, if candidates 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 candidate 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
  • SAAS Part-Time Fee Grants may be available for those candidates on courses at SCQF Level 7 and above, should candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this. SAAS funding would normally part-fund a qualification. Please use this link for more information: Part-time Funding Guide - SAAS
  • 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:

  • Maintain effective communication systems and practice
  • Lead practice for health and safety in the work setting
  • Take responsibility for the continuing professional development of yourself and others
  • Lead practice that promotes the safeguarding of individuals

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

Further information on the qualifications and units can be found on the SQA website.

Number of days per week

  • Flexible learning, with a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week.
  • Regular 1-1 meetings with your workplace assessor, at your workplace, at a college campus or online.

Entry requirements

  • Currently employed in a leadership role within the health and social care sector.
  • Please contact SVQCARE@edinburghcollege.ac.uk If you have any questions about entry requirements.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

Candidates can progress from the Level 4 SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 9 to other appropriate awards. Candidates may transfer across to the children and young people sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People). The progression route for each candidate will depend on their job role and level of responsibility.

Career options

  • Management role within the care sector.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Cost
Sighthill Campus Open learning 26/08/24 £1600

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