Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are qualifications which combine skills, knowledge and ability within a specific occupational area and measure an individual’s competence to perform specific job functions. All SVQs are based upon National Occupational Standards (NOS). Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are responsible for producing the National Occupational Standards for their sector.

SVQs are normally assessed in the workplace and can be taken at a pace which suits both the learner and his/her employer.

An Information Sheet is produced for every SVQ accredited. This contains details of the group award code, the awarding body, unit titles and codes and element titles as well as details of where to obtain copies of the National Occupational Standards. The Information Sheet section can be searched to find an SVQ which suits your needs.

SVQs (and other qualifications) are accredited for a finite period – this is known as the “accreditation period”. The SVQ Listing Report provides information on all SVQs which are currently live. It is the responsibility of each awarding body to request either a reaccreditation, extension or withdrawal of their qualifications depending upon the current status of any revised standards work.

When an SVQ reaches the end of its accreditation period, it is considered to be lapsing and, in most cases, will have been replaced by a new SVQ. In the lapsing period, no new candidates should be entered for the SVQ unless there is sufficient time for them to complete the SVQ before it finishes. The lapsing period of SVQs is currently determined by the SVQ level. Thus an SVQ level 1 or SVQ level 2 will have a lapsing period of two years, whilst SVQs at levels 3, 4 or 5 have a lapsing period of four years.

The SVQ Lapsing Report outlines SVQs which are entering their lapsing period at the end of the stated month.

Work has commenced on credit rating SVQs for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The SVQ credit rating (link required and report required) report lists all those SVQs which have currently been credit-rated for the SCQF.