Care Services Leadership and Management (SCQF level 10) SVQ

Course code 94L5

What is special about this course?

Care Services Leadership and Management SVQ4 is a requirement with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for all managers, operation managers, deputy managers, supervisors of care services, and new business residential care supervisors and deputies.

The course provides a good basis for managing a care service and supports individuals to undertake management responsibility. The course is work-based, so you can continue working whilst undertaking your studies.

Special features

  • Offers a good balance of practice and theory
  • High-level award at level 10
  • The preferred choice for many professionals as a bridge between vocational and academic study

Entry requirements

  • You must be in a job role relevant to the units, with a minimum of 6 months experience in post
  • Candidates should hold Practice Award level 9 or CYP Practice Award OR
  • Be a Registered Nurse or Social Worker OR
  • Hold an HNC or equivalent in Care or Social Work
  • Candidates should contact the campus to discuss entry requirements

Year 1 - SVQ

You will study multiple units, including the following 4 core units:

  • Manage and develop yourself and your workforce within care services
  • Lead and manage practice that promotes safeguarding of individuals
  • Lead and manage practice for health and safety in work setting
  • Lead and manage effective communication systems and practice

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • This course is work-based so not suitable for full-time study
  • You will receive support sessions, work one-to-one with an assessor and take part in group work and tutorials
  • You will be assessed in the workplace and will be allocated an assessor

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 18 months
  • Completion may be possible within a shorter time-frame, please discuss with your assessor

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


SAAS can pay up to 75% of fees, with you or your employer responsible for paying the balance.

There are optional additional units of 30 credits which SAAS may also be available for.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You will be qualified to work as a manager or deputy manager within the care services sector.

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