NPA Supply Chain Operations

Warehouse worker

This National Progression Award (NPA) in Supply Chain Operations at SCQF level 5 enables candidates to develop knowledge and understanding of what a supply chain is, how one operates, and the roles and responsibilities of individuals involved. It also develops employability skills for the logistics sector. This qualification is available through schools, colleges and private training providers.

E-Assessments

Formative assessments have been developed for all Units of this NPA and are available from SOLAR.

Why study this qualification

The NPA in Supply Chain Operations may be suitable for:

  • S3 and S4 school pupils following a vocational education programme
  • S5 and S6 school pupils taking the qualification as a broadening of the curriculum
  • employees within the logistics sector, such as warehouse operatives or security staff, who wish to develop competence in certain areas
  • LGV drivers requiring training through the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence
  • trainees on national programmes such as ‘Get Ready for Work’ or ‘Training for Work

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it would be beneficial for candidates to have the following Core Skills at SCQF level 3: 

  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Problem Solving

Employment and progression

The NPA in Supply Chain Operations provides a suitable progression route to SVQs or a Skills for Logistics Modern Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles; Warehousing and Storage; Traffic Office; Supply Chain Management; and International Trade and Logistics Operations.

It also provides progression to higher level logistics qualifications at college or university including the HNC/HND in Supply Chain Management. Undergraduate and postgraduate logistics-related courses are available at several universities.

The NPA could open up employment opportunities in the sector, perhaps in roles such as: assistant buyer, freight forwarding assistant, logistics operative, materials handler, procurement assistant or warehouse assistant.

Qualification structure

Group Award code: G93X 45 (24 SCQF credit points)

Successful candidates must achieve both mandatory Units and a further two Units from the optional section.

NPA Supply Chain Operations at SCQF level 5 (187 KB)

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Qualification structure

Group Award code: G93X 45 (24 SCQF credit points)

Successful candidates must achieve both mandatory Units and a further two Units from the optional section.

NPA Supply Chain Operations at SCQF level 5 (187 KB)

Unit search

How to assess

Assessment for this NPA may be through real-work scenarios or case studies.

Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) are available to download from SQA’s secure website for the following Units:

  • How a Supply Chain Works — F4SX 11
  • Customers and Suppliers in a Supply Chain — F4SY 11
  • Flow of Orders in the Supply Chain — F4T0 12
  • Distribution and Storage of Goods — F4T1 11
  • Transportation of Goods — F4T2 11
  • Safety, Security and Sustainability in the Supply Chain — F4T3 11

The TranSETT (Transforming Scottish Education Through Technology) project provides e-assessment questions and web-based learning and teaching packs to support this NPA.

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