Social Services and Healthcare SVQ 4

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What is special about this course?

The SVQ 4 in Health and Social Care (Adults) is mandatory for those people who are employed in senior and/or management positions within the adult care sector. It is a requirement of Scottish Social Servicies Council that people involved in adult care at a senior level have achieved, or are working towards, this qualification.

This qualification will be suitable for those people who work at management level in the adult care sector.

Special features

  • This course will develop skills and knowledge already gained working in a care setting.
  • It is a recognised qualification in the sector
  • You will undertake this qualification in your place of employment
  • You will gain experience and knowledge of presenting written evidence in a portfolio.

Entry requirements

  • SVQ 3 Health & Social Care
  • For information on the SVQ3 Health & Social Care please contact the college at which you wish to study.

Year 1 - SVQ 4

Mandatory subjects include:

  • Develop and maintain healthy and safe practices in the workplace.
  • Continuing professional development of self and others
  • Promote and maintain effective systems for communication
  • Promote the well-being and protection of all individuals.

You will also study four optional units.

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • This course is work based.
  • You will be assessed in the workplace and will be allocated an assessor.

How long will my course last?

Part-time: 18 months

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Other start dates may be available in some locations. For information on other start dates, and how to apply for them, please contact the campus you wish to study with.


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This Level 4 qualification meets SSSC registration requirements for managers.

Can I progress into further study?

Following successful completion of the SVQ you may wish to consider applying to one of the UHI degree programmes, e.g. BA (Hons) Health Studies

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Social Services and Healthcare SVQ 4

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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