FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


QUALIFICATIONS


What does the SVQ Social Services and Healthcare involve?

It is a vocational qualification which means that you will be assessed in the workplace, during work time.  Assessed means measured against a set of national standards of competency. Your employer will ensured that you have been registered to undertake the appropriate award at the appropriate level for the job you do and the level of responsibility you have.  You will not be expected to know or demonstrate anything that is not part of your job role.


How do I know which qualification is right for me?

Certificate of Work Readiness - exactly as described in its title.  The qualification comprises of 4 units, these are based in personal development and work experience.


SVQ Social Services and Healthcare Level 2 - Workers who work alongside others, usually in teams, where the worker has little or no autonomous authority.  This worker does not have responsibility for the work of others.


SVQ Social Services and Healthcare Level 3 - Workers who will register with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as support workers in housing support services or residential services or care at home services.  Often has responsibility for working alone, but does not have responsibility for the work of others.


PDA Assessment Practice - This qualification is for those who wish to develop a role as a workplace assessor.


PDA Verification - This qualification is for those who wish to develop a role as a workplace verifier.


How long does it take to complete an award?

Usually Certificate of Work Readiness is completed within 3 months.  SVQ level 2 normally takes 6 - 9 months and a level 3 award takes 12 months.  However there is no prescribed timeframe and a realistic completion date will be decided between the assessor, employer and candidate at induction taking into account individual candidate's circumstances.