SVQ 3 in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing at SCQF level 6

SVQ 3 in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing at SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 3) in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as producing jewellery, silverware or engravings from detailed drawings and specifications, marking out and measuring materials for jewellery manufacturing or silversmithing, and demonstrating and applying an understanding of metallurgy to jewellery or silversmithing work. It also includes sawing and piercing jewellery or silverware components, using mechanical methods of joining jewellery or silverware, and keeping up-to-date with the jewellery industry and allied trades.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with Creative and Cultural Skills the sector skills council to ensure relevance to the sector.

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

This qualification is available through approved SQA centres, which may include employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

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.

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

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including HNC/D Jewellery.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


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 are required to undertake this qualification, although an SVQ 2 Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing at SCQF level 5 would be an advantage.


This SVQ 3 could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/D in Jewellery or a related area
  • an SVQ 4 in Jewellery Manufacture CAD/CAM at SCQF level 8 or SVQ 4 in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing at SCQF level 8
  • employment in jewellery manufacturing and allied trades or an opportunity to become self-employed and operate as a sole trader or SME


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

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL3J 23

The SVQ 3 in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing at SCQF level 6 consists of seven mandatory units and five 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

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