Highways Maintenance (Construction)

Highways Maintenance (Construction)

SQA’s portfolio of QCF qualifications in Highways Maintenance includes both competence- and knowledge-based qualifications at QCF Level 2.  The relevant SQA codes are detailed below.

The NVQ Diplomas are competence-based qualifications which are designed to provide learners with an opportunity to demonstrate, in a real workplace environment, that they are competent against a set of performance statements.

There are also knowledge-based Certificates that tend to be carried out in an 'off-the-job' training environment.  They provide learners with the opportunity to develop the underpinning Knowledge and Understanding associated with the job role whilst also allowing the learners to practice the practical skills needed to perform the job role effectively.

Qualification Title Type Ofqual Code SQA code
SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services — Highways Maintenance - Structural Concreting Competence 601/1938/X GH91 68
SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services — Highways Maintenance - Laying Kerbs and Channels Competence 601/1938/X GH93 68
SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services — Highways Maintenance - Modular Pavement Construction Competence 601/1938/X GH8W 68
SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services — Highways Maintenance - Drainage Construction Competence 601/1938/X GH8X 68
SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services — Highways Maintenance - Excavation and Reinstatement Competence 601/1938/X GH8Y 68

SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services — Highways Maintenance Flexible Pavement Construction

Competence 601/1938/X GH90 68

SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services - Highways Maintenance — General Building Operations

Competence 601/1938/X GH94 68

SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services — Highways Maintenance Non-structural Concreting

Competence 601/1938/X GH92 68
SQA Level 2 Certificate in Highways Maintenance - Excavation and Reinstatement Operations (Construction) Knowledge 600/2727/7 GD3T 54

Who does this qualification suit

The competence-based qualifications are aimed at experienced workers in Highways Maintenance (Construction Civil Engineering and related trades), seeking to develop their competence and improve their skills and knowledge.

The knowledge-based qualifications are primarily aimed at apprentices in Highways Maintenance (Construction Civil Engineering and related trades), seeking to develop their skills and knowledge.

The qualifications are suitable for apprentices, and are registered on the Apprenticeship framework in Construction Civil Engineering (Highways Maintenance) at Level 2.

Progression

These qualifications can lead to employment within the construction industry, particularly through Level 2 Apprenticeships.

They provide invaluable practical experience to learners who aspire to the more technical professions in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services Highways Maintenance.

For learners aspiring to supervisory roles, the qualifications can also lead to supervisory qualifications including Occupational Work Supervision.

Approval

Information regarding the centre approval process is available from SQA's Business Development team.

How to assess

The structure of these qualifications allows for a high degree of flexibility in assessment. 

Competence-based Diplomas

Direct evidence produced through normal performance in the workplace is the main source of assessment for the NVQ Diploma. This includes naturally occurring documentary evidence (hard copy and electronic), direct observation of activities, and witness testimony.

For all Units, assessment is based primarily on practical activities and, where possible, holistic assessment is encouraged — particularly the integration of assessment for the mandatory Units covering health and safety and efficient working practices with those covering job-specific activities. For example, installing street ironwork and laying domestic drainage.

The focus should be on assessing activities generated by the whole work experience rather than focusing on specific tasks, or individual Units.

Knowledge-based Certificates

Learners’ Knowledge and Understanding will be assessed through practical assignments and question-based activities in the training environment.

Holistic assessment is encouraged — particularly the integration of assessment for the mandatory Units covering health and safety, efficient working practices and operating a powered tool and equipment, with those covering job-specific activities.

The focus should be on assessing activities generated across the training programme rather than focusing on specific tasks, or individual Units.

The full training specification for the qualification is contained in the SQA Training and Assessment Programme (TAP) for Highways Maintenance (Construction).
 

Qualification content and delivery tools

Structure

The structure of the qualifications allows for a high degree of flexibility in delivery. They are work-based qualifications normally achieved over a minimum period of 18 months.

SQA Level 2 NVQ (competence-based) Diploma in Highways Maintenance (Construction)

The Level 2 Diploma involves practical work-related tasks, ranging from modular pavement construction to natural stone surfacing.

Learners must complete a minimum of 41 credits drawn from mandatory Units and optional Units. On completion, the learner will have achieved a minimum of 137 guided learning hours.

SQA Level 2 (knowledge-based) Certificate in Highways Maintenance (Excavation and Reinstatement Operations)

The Level 2 Certificate involves practical work-related tasks and the underpinning knowledge to undertake them effectively, for example excavating holes and trenches.

Learners must complete 28 credits drawn from mandatory Units. On completion, the learner will have achieved a minimum of 280 guided learning hours.

SQA Level 2 (knowledge-based) Certificate in Highways Maintenance (Kerbs and Channels)

The Level 2 Certificate involves practical work-related tasks and the underpinning knowledge to undertake them effectively, for example laying kerbs and channels.

Learners must complete 22 credits drawn from mandatory Units. On completion, the candidate will have achieved a minimum of 220 guided learning hours.

Arrangements Documents

Learner Guidance & Portfolio

Unit and Assessment Specifications / Assessment Guidance

Unit and Assessment Specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Assessment Strategy