Are you looking for a meaningful career that improves the lives of others? This apprenticeship provides opportunities to secure employment in one of Scotland’s most valuable job sectors, social services and healthcare. 

The sector covers community work, elderly and end-of-life care, addiction treatment, mental health support, home nursing and many other critical job roles. Give life-changing advice as a counsellor. Provide vital support as a palliative care nurse. Help patients regain their freedom as a healthcare assistant. 

 During the course, you’ll learn to meet the needs of a diverse range of patients and communities. Youll receive valuable industry advice from experienced social services and healthcare professionals. However you’d like to support the communities you’ll work for, this apprenticeship will equip you with the knowledge and experience you need to thrive. 

What's the qualification?

You will obtain a Modern Apprenticeship qualification at either SCQF level 6 or 7 in Social Services and Healthcare. This qualification includes: 

  • Industry-specific SVQ units combined with transferable core skills training 
  • A range of work experience developing your skills in a real-world environment  

What will I learn?

Depending on which units you choose to complete, you will learn how to: 

  • Complete key medical tasks such as blood tests 
  • Provide first aid in the event of an emergency 
  • Counsel and support individuals through their treatment 
  • Assist patients with financial and practical issues 
  • Develop action plans for individuals recovering from addiction 
  • Provide education and support to the wider community 

You will also develop the following core skills:  

  • Teamwork 
  • Numeracy 
  • Information and communication technology skills 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Communication  

These core skills are not just valuable for social services and healthcare jobs. They are practical tools useful in a wide variety of employment sectors. Key examples include hospitality, medicine, retail and education. 

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship qualification in Social Services and Healthcare provides many opportunities for career advancement. You can undertake further study or enter the Scottish social services and healthcare workforce straight away. 

Further educationContinue your education to develop a greater range of skills suited to higher-level management jobs. The SVQ in Leadership and Management in Care Services qualifies you to become a manager in a social services role. 

Straight to work: Apply for jobs immediately with this Modern Apprenticeship qualification this apprenticeship could lead to a career in jobs including the following: 

  • Healthcare Assistant 
  • Home Care Nurse 
  • Community Support Worker 
  • Counsellor 
  • Palliative Care Nurse 
  • Care Support Worker 

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to begin this apprenticeship. Employers will likely be looking for enthusiastic people with a keen interest in healthcare. Carrying out relevant work experience beforehand can help your application.   


This Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.  

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