Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles at SCQF level 6

Diplomas derived from the New Model Apprenticeship (NMA) process recognise competence in job-related skills and are based on standards called ‘Work Situations’, but may also include some National Occupational standards.

This Diploma covers areas such as driving goods vehicles, collecting and delivering loads, preparing vehicles for driving, maintaining health, safety and security, and applying the use of technology in logistics operations.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) as part of an SDS employer-led programme, which may form part of an apprenticeship or be delivered as a stand-alone qualification.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain a nationally recognised competence-based 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.

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

This qualification is competence based and must be offered within a workplace environment. It can be assessed within a workplace environment or, where simulation is permitted, within a realistic working environment.

This CBQ facilitates career progression in the sector. Employment opportunities are numerous as the qualification is designed to allow learners to develop and demonstrate a range of logistical, as well as personal development skills.

Who does this qualification suit

This Diploma is suitable for individuals who are currently in employment and wish to obtain:

  • a formal qualification
  • a qualification as part of an apprenticeship programme


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 them to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification. However, those wishing to undertake this qualification must possess a driving licence.


This CBQ at SCQF level 6 facilitates career progression in the sector. Employment opportunities are numerous as the qualification is designed to allow learners to develop a range of skills required to succeed within the sector.


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

Centres without devolved authority must 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

Learners will gather evidence of their performance through normal workplace activity in line with the requirements of the Diploma. This evidence will be assessed using usual workplace assessment methods, such as the use of portfolios or e-portfolios; observation; examining work products; testimonial evidence from witnesses; personal statements; accreditation of prior learning and so on.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GV59 46

Qualification Structure (53 KB)

The Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles at SCQF level 6 consists of 7 mandatory units and 1 optional unit.

For details of the units making up the Diploma, please refer to the qualification structure.

Unit information for this and any other qualification can also be found on our unit search


A key aspect of this qualification is that it supports the development of a learner’s meta-skills and their awareness of the importance of meta-skills in becoming effective in their current work role, and in supporting continued personal and career development.

Meta-skills sit alongside and complement technical knowledge, skills, and behaviours. As technology, society and the way we work change at an ever-increasing pace, meta-skills are the over-arching and future-focused attributes that enable other skills to be developed through consideration, reflection and implementation.

Meta-skills support improved performance and productivity, greater adaptability and resilience to change. For learners, meta-skills are a critical asset, supporting their ability to cope and excel in the face of change, to solve problems, to collaborate with others, and for future success. There are three categories, each with four meta-skills:

  • Self-management — focus, integrity, adaptability and initiative
  • Social intelligence — communication, feeling, collaboration and leadership
  • Innovation — curiosity, creativity, sense-making and critical thinking

This qualification includes a discrete meta-skills unit, within which all specified evidence can be gathered. Further information on the assessment of meta-skills development is provided in the assessment strategy for this qualification.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Overarching assessment strategy (130 KB)

Subject specific assessment strategy (144 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

Information for Assessment of Awards, Certificates and Diplomas delivered in Scotland. (309 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Information for Candidates Starting an Award, Certificate or Diploma in Scotland (358 KB)

Candidate Portfolio A4 Cover (54.07 MB)

Candidate blank recording forms (54.07 MB)

Skills Development Scotland


It is expected that the Diploma will become a core qualification in the New Model Apprenticeship, which is expected in June.