SVQ 5 in Management at SCQF level 11

SVQ 5 in Management at SCQF level 11

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 5) in Management at SCQF level 11 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise. It has been developed to support those working in senior managerial roles, such as directors and chief executives.

This qualification is jointly awarded with the Chartered Institute of Management (CMI). Candidates who are registered for this SVQ are able to take advantage of 12 months free studying membership of CMI.

This qualification is available through employers, colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

Learners will gain an internationally 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.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace which minimises any time learners need to be away from their work.

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including post-graduate degrees in related subjects.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification


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.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.


This SVQ 5 in Management at SCQF level 11 could provide progression to:

  • a post-graduate degree in Management or Business Enterprise or a related area
  • employment across many sectors in senior management roles


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

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

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ 5 in Management at SCQF level 11 consists of three mandatory Units and four optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (13 KB) 

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification can be found on the SVQ Management and Leadership home page.

Core Skills signposting

Awarding partnership arrangements

SQA offers all its Management and Leadership Qualifications in partnership with the professional body for Management, the Chartered Institute of Management (CMI). Candidates who are registered for this SVQ are able to take advantage of 12 months free studying membership of CMI.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Internal Assessment Reports



Previous Internal Assessment Reports 

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