In Partnership with Stirling Council Children's Services (SQA Centre 3007596) we offer vocational qualifications in Social Services Children and Young People, Playwork and Childhood Practice.

Social Services Children and Young People

The SVQ is assessed in the workplace. Examples of the settings or centres in which the SVQ is likely to be delivered include: the NHS, private healthcare providers, care settings for children and young people, and training centres.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.


These SVQs are based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set and published by the Sector Skills Council for the sector, SkillsActive.

The standards provide an accurate and detailed definition of what candidates must know, understand and be able to do.  These SVQs will enable those working in this sector to develop the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate competence in their job role.

PDA Childhood Practice

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 8 is designed to allow candidates to develop the skills and knowledge required for working in the early years and childcare sector.

The level 9 PDA develops the skills and knowledge required to manage services for children and young people. It is aimed at those who wish to progress into management within the Childcare and Playwork sectors without having to complete a full-time university programme.