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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

This course is work-based and therefore will have limited changes to the delivery for 2021-22. You will work with your assessor to develop your e-portfolio. You will also have a face to face or online induction at the start of the course. The required work-based observations by your assessor will be conducted when it is possible and safe to do so, following Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, most likely towards the end of the course. It will be possible to extend the length of the course to accommodate this element. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • 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 College UHI

Start date

  • September - start dates may vary between locations. For more information, 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.


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.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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