HNC Poultry Production Systems

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers. The HNC in Poultry Production Systems (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in areas such as poultry biology and the common housing systems and production methods that produce poultry meat and eggs.

This qualification covers areas such as behaviour and welfare; physiology and health; and egg and meat production systems.

This qualification is available through colleges. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete.

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexibility. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional units, which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

This HN provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

The HNC Poultry Production Systems is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • an SVQ at SCQF Level 5 or 6 in a relevant area
  • relevant work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

HNCs can provide progression to degree-level study.

Higher National qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs).

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.

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

There will be ongoing course assessment.

Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Group award code: GV1N 15 (96 SCQF credit points)

HNC Poultry Production Systems at SCQF level 7 consists of nine mandatory units (96 SCQF credit points).