Level 6 Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing

SQA code:GT4F 86
Ofqual code:603/7838/4
Total Qualification Time: 1050
Guided Learning Hours: 590
Credit value: 105

The Level 6 Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing is a new qualification that has been developed in collaboration with the British Academy of Jewellery to ensure it meets the needs of the jewellery industry.

This qualification covers the following areas :

  • Advanced Techniques in Jewellery Design and Production
  • Exhibition and Temporary Structure Design and Production Management
  • Portfolio Production
  • Understanding Optimum Business Performance

This qualification may be available through employers and training providers and is offered in England and Wales.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The Level 6 Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing is a comprehensive and practical jewellery qualification which has been created to meet the needs of the wider jewellery industry. To achieve this aim, learners have substantial contact with industry specialists and professional jewellers throughout the learning process.

There are many varied career opportunities available within the industry, from designing and making jewellery, to careers in selling and marketing the product. This qualification caters to learners with ambitions across the breadth of this field.

The qualification develops and enhances the complex technical skills which learners have previously achieved at level 5, while also expanding their design and creative thinking skills. The qualification covers advanced techniques in jewellery design and production, exhibition and temporary structure design, and production management and portfolio production.

With the changing economic climate, the growing trend of independent brands, and the diminishing number of skilled manufacturing workers within the trade, this qualification aims to meet the current needs of the industry. It will help develop learners into well-rounded practitioners with a sound knowledge in all areas of the jewellery industry, including a range of complementary skills such as: marketing concepts; product design and sustainability, web design and creative enterprise.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • preparing learners for employment
  • preparing learners to progress to another qualification
  • giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning
  • supporting a role in the workplace


This qualification is supported by Creative and Cultural Skills, which is the sector skills council (SSC) for the jewellery industry.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 105 credits. They must complete six mandatory units plus at least two optional units from the qualification structure.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners not in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects  
  • learners who have completed a qualification in a relevant discipline at level 5
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business


There are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or previous qualifications that must be achieved to start this qualification , and entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre . However, individuals must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully. Ideally, learners will have achieved a level 5 qualification in a relevant discipline.


The Level 6 Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing qualification can lead directly into employment within the jewellery industry in a variety of roles including: jewellery designer, jobbing jeweller, goldsmith or silversmith. With the inclusion of critical thinking, and presentation, marketing skills and understanding business performance, it is also appropriate for anyone wishing to start or develop their own business.

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The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 93) and at least two optional units (credit value 12).

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

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