Driving Goods Vehicles

Driving Goods Vehicles

The Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles form part of the Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeship framework in England.

These qualifications designed for professional goods drivers in the logistics sector. They enable drivers to demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge to carry out their roles to a professional standard in line with the sector qualifications strategy.

There are separate pathways available for drivers of the following vehicle types:

The Certificate sits at Step 3/4 and the Diploma sits at level 5 of the Professional Development Stairway of the logistics sector.

Whatever the vehicle type, these qualifications involve a combination of driving skills and pre-driving preparations. As well as covering relevant competences in transporting goods with pick-ups and multi-drop deliveries, these qualifications includes customer service; punctuality; attention to detail and reliability.

These qualifications are available through external training providers (ETPs) and colleges involved in delivering apprenticeships in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Purpose and Recognition

Why deliver this qualification

These qualifications provide flexibility for both learners and employers as there is flexibility in the optional units selected. As learners may be involved in shift work they may not be able to commit to regular learning times so flexibility of delivery and assessment is essential. Learners can gain qualifications at their own pace along a pathway that is relevant for their particular vehicle.

Who does this qualification suit

These qualifications are aimed at goods drivers looking to work in, or already working within the logistics sector. Goods drivers may need to work unsocial hours, and to travel extensively. A high standard of customer service is consistently required. Punctuality, attention to detail, and reliability are essential.

The Level 2 qualification is approved for 16-18 year olds, and 19+ learners.

The Level 3 qualification is approved for learners aged 18 and 19+ learners.

In order to complete either qualification learners should hold the appropriate licence (full or provisional) for the vehicle in which they are being assessed.  Learners can check driving licence/age requirements for the different categories of vehicles by clicking here.

The Level 2 qualification is included within the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles.  The Level 3 qualification is included within the Advanced Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles.  Learners may wish to consider taking these qualifications outside of the Apprenticeship framework:

  • If they are currently in employment within the sector and wish to confirm their occupational competence and knowledge through gaining a nationally recognised qualification
  • To maximise their employment opportunities within this sector, as not all employees currently offer Apprenticeship places for these particular job roles
  • They meet the entry requirements to take the qualification but not those required for the apprenticeship route.

Progression

There are opportunities to progress and gain wider experience within the logistics sector through team leading, management, or moving in to traffic operations.

There are courses and training opportunities for heavy goods vehicle drivers transporting goods with particular characteristics that require specialist skills.

The Level 2 qualification will help a learner who is looking to enter or progress further in their career as a driver of goods vehicles.  On completion they may choose to continue their learning in the workplace by taking further qualifications relevant to their role, such as the SQA Level 3 Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles.

This qualification could lead to a range of driving jobs, including:

  • Motorcycle/pedal cycle courier
  • Van driver
  • Rigid vehicle driver
  • Draw bar vehicle driver

The Level 3 qualification may be of interest to learners who are likely to have responsibility for supervising the work of others, leading teams and responsibility for other operations.  This qualification could lead to a range of driving jobs, including:

  • Motorcycle/pedal cycle courier Team Leader
  • Van Driver Team Leader
  • Rigid Vehicle Driver Team Leader
  • Draw Bar Vehicle Team Leader

Learners who undertake the above qualification may be interested in other learning opportunities within the logistics sector, such as:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage (QCF)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage

How to assess

Evidence of occupational competence should be generated and collected through performance under work place conditions.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

These qualifications require the learner to complete mandatory and optional Units.

Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles

Group Award code:
Ofqual Product Code: 600/1276/6 (29–31 QCF credits)
SQA Code: GC09 54

The Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles (DGV) has four separate pathways available for drivers of the following vehicle types:

  • articulated or draw bar vehicle (29–33 QCF credits)
  • van (29–33 QCF credits)
  • rigid vehicle (29–33 QCF credits)
  • motor cycle/pedal cycle (31–34 QCF credits)

The mandatory section of each vehicle pathway covers Units on preparing, protecting, operating and manoeuvring the particular vehicle and on obtaining information on collecting and delivery of loads (15 credits for cycles; 13 credits for the other 3 vehicle types).

The remaining credits come from a range of optional groups. Learners must achieve Units on driving the vehicle and loading and unloading the vehicle; and at least one Unit on more general skills such as planning routes; dealing with payments; contributing to customer service etc.

For further information on the structure and Units of this qualification please refer to the Qualification Structure.  (170 KB)

Level 3 Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles

Ofqual Product Code: 600/2301/6 (42 QCF credits)
SQA Code: GD0C 57

The Level 3 Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles comprises 42 QCF credits and has three separate pathways available for drivers of the following vehicle types:

  • articulated or draw bar vehicle
  • van
  • rigid vehicles

For further information on the structure and Units of this qualification please refer to the Qualification Structure.  (206 KB)

Internal Assessment Reports

Learner Guidance and Portfolio

Apprenticeships

The Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles is a mandatory component in the Level 2 Driving Goods Vehicles Apprenticeship. 

The Level 3 Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Driving Goods Vehicles Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components in these Apprenticeships:

  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities in the Logistics Industry
  • Functional Skills: English at level 1
  • Functional Skills: English at level 2
  • Functional Skills: Mathematics at level 1
  • Functional Skills: Mathematics at level 2

Functional Skills at level 1 are included in the Level 2 Apprenticeship.
Functional Skills at level 2 are included in the Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Find out more about apprenticeships.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

For the Level 2 qualification learners should be 16 years of age or over and in a job role which enable them to meet the standards.

For the Level 3 qualification learners should be 18 years of age or over and in a job role which enable them to meet the standards.