SVQ 4 Aquaculture Management at SCQF level 9

SVQ 4 Aquaculture Management at SCQF level 9

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 4 in Aquaculture Management at SCQF level 9 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as managing the aquatic production environment for farmed fish/shellfish, and managing the production of farmed fish/shellfish for sale or transfer. It also covers planning and managing of shellfish depuration operations, implementation of the site fish health plan, fish/shellfish hatchery production, and a variety of operational and managerial units.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council, Lantra, 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 employers, training providers or college/employer partnerships.

Why deliver this qualification

Successful candidates will gain an internationally-recognised qualification that 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. Assessment is carried out in the workplace, minimising any time learners would need to be away from their work.

The achievement of other qualifications such as SVQ 3 Aquaculture or HNC Fish Farming can contribute towards the successful completion of this award.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who 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 experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.


The level 4 award could provide progression to:

  • degree level study at a higher education institution


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: GL1W 24

The SVQ Aquaculture Management at SCQF level 9 consists of 2 mandatory Units and 4 optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please see

National Occupational Standards

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

Core Skills signposting

Aquaculture Management Core Skills signposting  (65 KB)

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessment Strategy (226 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

Guidance on Assessment of SVQs (523 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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