Emergency Fire Service: Operations in the Community at Level 3

Emergency Fire Service: Operations in the Community at Level 3

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 3) in Emergency Fire Services: Operations in the Community at SCQF level 7 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

The qualification covers areas such as: taking responsibility for effective performance in fire and rescue; searching for, rescuing and supporting endangered life; resolving fire and rescue operational incidents; protecting life and the environment from the effects of hazardous materials; and maintaining readiness for fire and rescue operational response.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Skills for Justice Sector Skills Council to ensure relevance to the sector.

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.

This qualification is available through The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

This SVQ could be delivered by colleges and training providers which meet the approval criteria.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain a recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

The SVQ is offered in the workplace. As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Who does this qualification suit

Who does this qualification suit?

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service where there is a mandatory requirement to obtain the qualification as part of the training programme in order to be deemed a competent fire fighter
  • individuals who are employed as members of a fire crew based at UK airports who may require/wish to obtain a formal qualification

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

Approval

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs.   For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

 

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ 3 Emergency Fire Service: Operations in the Community at SCQF level 7 consists of five mandatory Units and two optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Lapsing

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

This qualification will enter its lapsing period on 31/10/15 and will finish on 31/10/2019

Centres should note:

  • The qualification will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • The qualification’s content and delivery tools will remain on SQA’s website until 31/10/19 at which point they will be removed and archived
  • No new centres may be approved to offer the qualification
  • No candidates can be entered for the qualification
  • Centres should ensure candidates complete the qualification and results are submitted to SQA before 31/10/19

 

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

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