SVQ Food and Beverage Service SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Food and Beverage Service at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as workplace health and safety; food safety; standards of behaviour in hospitality; team working; and the skills required to serve food and drink to customers.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with People 1st,  the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality industry, to ensure relevance to the sector.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQs in Food and Beverage Service are work-based qualifications so they can be offered at any time and do not need to follow the academic session. It also opens up the possibility for continued study.

The SVQ recognises the candidate's skills and achievements, and offers enhanced job satisfaction as well as structured opportunities to improve skills and career prospects.

The qualification is nationally recognised, and based on National Occupational Standards.

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQ in Food and Beverage Service is intended for candidates who work as part of a team involved in serving food and drink in restaurants, hotels, cafés and takeaways.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. As these are work-based qualifications, candidates should be in a position to provide required evidence of competence within the field.


The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • further SVQs in the Hospitality and Professional Cookery suite at SCQF level 5 or 6
  • employment in the hospitality sector, perhaps in a hotel, restaurant, bar or cafe; working as a waiter, bar person or in a role that covers both




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.

Centres should pay particular attention to the requirements set out in the assessment strategy if operating qualification via an RWE.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs.  For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

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Qualification Structure

The SVQ in Food and Beverage Service at SCQF level 5 consists of four mandatory units and six optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Hospitality at SCQF Level 5.


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