Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

SQA’s portfolio of QCF qualifications in Occupational Work Supervision includes both competence- and knowledge-based qualifications at QCF Level 3.  The relevant SQA codes are detailed below.

The NVQ Diploma is a competence-based qualification which is 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 is also a knowledge-based Diploma that tends to be carried out in an 'off-the-job' training environment.  This will 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.

The Diplomas are based on the National Occupational Standards for Occupational Work Supervision and can be used as part of an apprenticeship or as stand-alone qualifications to develop competences or to progress to further professional/academic qualifications.

Qualification Title Type Ofqual Code SQA code
SQA Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) Competence 600/3377/0 GE1Y 79
SQA Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) Knowledge 600/2836/1 GD3Y 57

Who does this qualification suit

The competence-based qualification is aimed at experienced workers in technical, supervisory and management roles (Construction Technical, Supervision and Management and related roles), seeking to develop their competence and improve their skills and knowledge.

The knowledge-based qualification is primarily aimed at apprentices in technical, supervisory and management roles (Construction Technical, Supervision and Management and related roles), seeking to develop their skills and knowledge.  The qualification can also be taken by learners outisde of the apprenticeship route.

The qualifications are suitable for apprentices, and are registered on the Apprenticeship framework in Construction Technical, Supervision and Management (Occupational Work Supervision) at Level 3.

The NVQ Diploma will develop your:

  • employability
  • problem-solving ability
  • transferable skills - e.g. punctuality, appropriate workplace behaviour
  • ability to work with others and be flexible
  • responsibility for your own learning
  • planning, organising and evaluating skills
  • health and safety awareness
  • awareness of sustainability and zero/ low carbon issues
  • basic technical skills
  • oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • numerical and graphical skills
  • resource management ability
  • flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for progression

The general aims of the Diploma are to:

  • consolidate candidates in careers in the construction sector
  • provide knowledge and skills which are directly relevant to supervisory roles in construction
  • enable you to make an immediate contribution in employment in the construction environment you are training in, at the same time as being employed
  • provide opportunities for progression within the QCF
  • form a component part of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Occupational Work Supervision

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) is a component of the Advanced level Apprenticeship in Construction Technical, in England. As indicated by Construction Skills, the Apprenticeship consists of the following elements:

  • A relevant Diploma
  • Functional Skills/GCSE/Key Skills
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Industry specific training

Gaining this qualification also enables you to obtain a card from the Constructions Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) or other affiliated scheme.

The qualification may be taken as a stand-alone award outwith the Advanced Level Apprenticeship structure when only the vocational competences require to be certificated. The NVQ award alone would also enable you to obtain a card from the Constructions Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) or other affiliated scheme.

There are no variations of this qualification.

Progression

These qualifications can lead to employment within the construction industry, particularly through Level 3 Apprenticeships, for example as a Work Supervisor.  Duties for this type of role can include working on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, co-ordinating and organising work operations, managing work activities, confirming the occupational method of work, managing health and safety and developing good working relationships.

After achieving the qualification and gaining suitable vocational experience, learners could pursue progression to NVQ awards at Levels 4 and 6 in Construction Contracting Operations or Construction Site Management. Success in this qualification could also give access to an HNC or HND qualification, or a Foundation Degree in an appropriate discipline such as, for example, Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering and Construction Management Conservation and Restoration.

This qualification is supported by the Industrial Strategy for Construction.

Approval

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

How to assess

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

Competence-based Diploma

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, confirming and co-ordinating occupational work activities, methods of work and resources required.

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

Knowledge-based Diploma

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, co-ordinating work operations and developing working relationships, 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 this qualification is contained in the SQA Training and Assessment Programme (TAP) for Occupational Work Supervision.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Structure

The structure of the qualification allows for a high degree of flexibility in delivery. It is a work-based qualification normally achieved over a minimum period of 18 months.

SQA Level 3 NVQ (competence-based) Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

The Level 3 Diploma involves practical work-related tasks, ranging from confirming work activities and resources, to developing and maintaining good working relationships, to confirming methods of work and co-ordinating and organising work operations.

Learners must complete 67 credits drawn from mandatory Units and optional Units. On completion, the learner will have achieved a minimum of 224 guided learning hours.

SQA Level 3 (knowledge-based) Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

The Level 3 Diploma involves practical work-related tasks and the underpinning knowledge to undertake them effectively, for example managing work activities and developing working relationships.

Learners must complete 37 credits drawn from mandatory Units and optional Units. On completion, the learners will have achieved a minimum of 370 guided learning hours.

Arrangements Documents

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

Learner Guidance and Portfolio

Internal Assessment Reports

Assessment Strategy