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Social Services and Healthcare

Social Services and Healthcare Level 4
Entry requirements

This award has been designed for people who are working in a management/supervisory role within a care service. Individuals must be in employment for a minimum of 16 hours per week (paid or voluntary) with a minimum of 1 year’s experience. The course will provide evidence of an individual's competency in all aspects of managing/supervising adult services. Individuals must have a sound understanding of The National Care Standards, Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice, Guidance and Frameworks, legislation and workplace policies and procedures.

This award is specifically targeted at the following group of workers.

  • Manager of a care home service for adults
  • Manager of an adult day care service
  • Manager of a housing support service
  • Manager of a care at home service for adults
Selection for the course will be by interview.
Course content
This is a work-based qualification and all evidence produced must be in relation to the individual’s job role and responsibility. The award is made up of 8 units, 4 of which are mandatory.

The mandatory units are as follows:
  • Maintain effective communication systems and practice
  • Lead practice for health and safety in the work setting
  • Take responsibility for the continuing professional development of yourself and others
  • Lead practice that promotes the safeguarding of individuals
In addition to the above, 4 further units must be chosen from a number of optional units.
More information on the MA Social Services and Healthcare Framework can be found on the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) website.
Qualifications achieved
Each apprentice is required to achieve the following qualification: SVQ 4 SCQF Level 9 Social Services and Healthcare (GH61 24)
Core skills
Career Skills for Technical and Professional Apprenticeships were developed in response to employer demand that "core skills” at a higher level must reflect the work-based requirements of jobs within the workplace. A ‘pick and mix’ approach has been introduced to ensure that candidates gain the right mix of career skills. The candidate, employer and assessor should select between 2 and 5 career skills units.
The programmes should take 18 months to complete. Candidates will be work based and are reviewed by an assessor every 10-13 weeks throughout the duration of the programme.  
Future prospects
This qualification is recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council for registration requirements.

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