NPA Crofting

NPA in Crofting at SCQF Level 5 (G9K6 45)

Crofting Candidates

The Crofting National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 5 introduces candidates to Crofting on a commercial basis and develops practical, planning and organisation skills.

Candidates are given a wider perspective on how land is used cross Scotland and Estate Maintenance. They will gain practical skills such as mending fences, repairs to paths, minor plumbing and drainage repairs.

Throughout the delivery of the award candidates will have the opportunity to develop their Core Skills in Communication, Numeracy, Working with Others, Problem Solving and Information and Communication Technology.

Why deliver this qualification

The NPA in Crofting was developed to meet requirements outlined by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) and Sgoil Lionacliet, a secondary school in Benbecula in the Western Isles. The qualification has been developed to reflect the particular skills and ethos of Crofting which are distinct from other industries.

As Crofting is highly seasonal the Units have been designed to start in the autumn of the first year and run sequentially season by season over two years. Candidates learn through useful practical activities and relevant learning opportunities, tutors also provide references to the historical background of Crofting. 

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification has been developed for 14—18 year olds.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

The award consists of a total of 10 Units, all of which are required to achieve the award. There are a mixture of single and half credit Units so the overall award consists of 36 SCQF Credit Points (6 SQA Unit Credits) at SCQF Level 5 (Intermediate 2).

  • Countryside Land Use (DV09 11) (1.0) 
  • Estate Maintenance: An Introduction (DV0A 10) (1.0) 
  • Crofting Year: Enterprise (F464 11) (0.5) 
  • Crofting Year: Winter (F45Y 10) (0.5) 
  • Crofting Year: Autumn (F460 10) (0.5) 
  • Crofting Year: Spring (F461 10) (0.5) 
  • Crofting Year: Winter (F462 11) (0.5) 
  • Crofting Year: Autumn (F463 11) (0.5) 
  • Crofting Year: Spring (F465 11) (0.5) 
  • Crofting Year: Summer (F466 11) (0.5) 

There are two ‘generic’ Units, Countryside Land Use, which provides a wider perspective on how land is used across Scotland and Estate Maintenance: An Introduction which provides candidates with the opportunity to develop and use basic practical skills such as mending fences, repairs to paths and minor plumbing / drainage repairs.

The Enterprise Unit is intended to introduce candidates to the idea of running a croft on a commercial basis and will develop their knowledge and skills in planning and organisation a small scale enterprise.