Social Services - Children and Young People (SCQF Level 7) Modern Apprenticeship

What is special about this course?

Apprenticeships and Scottish Vocational Qualifications combine work with study, so you can earn while you learn. It is an exciting way of gaining a recognised qualification that will help to start your career without having to study full time.
By studying this course, you will be able to formally demonstrate and gain recognition of your competence and knowledge.

You will work with experienced colleagues and with the support of a dedicated assessor, you will gather examples of everyday tasks and build an e-portfolio of evidence.
It is a legal requirement by the SSSC  that all staff in early years settings are working towards or have already achieved this qualification or equivalent.

We can tailor the frameworks to fit different job roles. The Modern Apprenticeship aspect of this course has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council: Skills for Care and Development, ensuring that you will be highly qualified and skilled.


Entry requirements

You should be in a job role where you are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow you to gather the required evidence to achieve the qualification.

You should already have a valid PVG Scheme membership through your workplace before commencing this course.

Course content:
You will study the four mandatory units listed below along with four other optional units.

  • Promote Effective Communication
  • Promote Health, Safety and Security in the Work Setting
  • Develop Your Practice Through Reflection and Learning
  • Promote The Safeguarding of Children and Young People

If studying the Modern Apprenticeship route, you will undertake the work-based SVQ units combined with five core skills.

The key element of the SVQ is to build a portfolio of evidence from your practice in your workplace.


You will require a computer or similar device to access your e-portfolio.

How will I study my course?

  • Work based

This course is work based where you will train towards a nationally recognised qualification while working as an employee, with support from UHI Moray.

How long will my course last?

18 months maximum

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date

Variable start dates. Please contact UHI Moray for more information on start dates.


The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may:

  • Apply for a higher graded job role.
  • Progress onto further study within the industry based on your job role and level of responsibility. 
  • Satisfy your SSSC qualification requirement.

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