Jewellery Manufacturing Allied Trades at QCF level 3

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The Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing Allied Trades at QCF level 3 further develops the knowledge and skills needed to work in the jewellery manufacturing industry as a designer, jobbing jeweller, goldsmith or trade specialist (eg setter, engraver, enameller, or polisher and finisher).

Candidates can specialise in several different areas of jewellery manufacturing:

The Diploma covers areas such as marking out and measuring materials for the manufacture of precious metal objects; setting gemstones by hand in the manufacture of jewellery items; allied trades and related technologies; and producing engraved surfaces for precious metal objects.

Achievement of this Diploma means that the learner has demonstrated that they have reached a QCF level 3 standard where they can work independently, with confidence and consistency.

This qualification is designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in conditions of the workplace. It is available through approved SQA centres.

Why deliver this qualification

Candidates can progress to a range of courses at a higher level allowing centres to retain or build student numbers (see Progression).

This Diploma at QCF level 3 offers flexibility because it can be delivered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

The Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing Allied Trades at QCF level 3 enables candidates to learn and develop the creative skills required for a career in the Jewellery and Silver Manufacturing industry and is  suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • those progressing from the Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing at QCF level 2
  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business

The qualification can be taken as part of a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Jewellery Manufacturing, Silversmithing and Allied Trades,  Alternatively it can be taken as a standalone qualification.  Candidates may wish to consider taking this qualification 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.

If the candidate is new to the Jewellery industry they may wish to consider taking SQA’s QCF Level 2 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing as this is a practical, beginners course which provides an opportunity for learners to develop a broad range of basic, technical skills and knowledge required for a career in the jewellery manufacturing and design.

Apprenticeships

The Diplomas is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Apprenticeship. 

Access

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16+.  As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Progression

Achievement of this qualification can enable candidates to progress to jobs such as:

  • Enameller
  • Engraver
  • Gem Setter
  • Polisher and Finisher

Successful completion of Jewellery Manufacturing Allied Trades at QCF level 3 can allow candidates to progress to other SQA qualifications, such as:

  • Diploma in Jewellery Allied Trades: Enamelling at QCF level 4
  • Diploma in Jewellery Allied Trades: Engraving at QCF level 4
  • Diploma in Jewellery Allied Trades: Gem Setting at QCF level 4
  • Diploma in Jewellery Allied Trades: Polishing and Finishing at QCF level 4

These progression qualifications will enable candidates to become highly skilled workers in their area of specialism e.g. Enameller, Engraver, Gem Setter, Polisher & Finisher.

Approval

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

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

The Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing and Allied Trades at QCF level 3 requires the learner to complete all the mandatory Units.

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure documents.

The Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing Allied Trades: Enamelling at QCF level 3 consists of five mandatory Units, 16 optional Units and two barred Units. To attain the qualification, learners must achieve a total of 74 credits.

SQA Group Award Code: GJ4W 57
Ofqual Code: 601/3127/5

The Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing Allied Trades: Engraving at QCF level 3 consists of three mandatory Units and nine optional Units. To attain the qualification, learners must achieve a total of 62 credits.

SQA Group Award Code: GJ61 57
Ofqual Code: 601/3127/5

The Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing Allied Trades: Gem Setting at QCF level 3 consists of five mandatory Units and 11 optional Units. To attain the qualification, learners must achieve a total of 50 credits.

SQA Group Award Code: GJ63 57
OfQual Group Award Code: 601/3127/5

The Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing Allied Trades: Polish and Finishing at QCF level 3 consists of three mandatory Units, four optional Units and two barred units. To attain the qualification, learners must achieve a total of 46 credits.

SQA Group Award Code: GJ64 57
Ofqual Code: 601/3127/5

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit 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

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