Hospitality Management Skills

Hospitality Management Skills

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) 4 in Hospitality Management Skills at SCQF level 8 can provide a clear progression route for candidates who have reached supervisory level in the hospitality industry or have completed qualifications at SCQF Level 7 and above in Hospitality in further and higher education. It will offer both the existing workforce and new entrants the opportunity to progress into management roles in the hospitality industry.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQ in Hospitality Management Skills at SCQF level 8 is an addition to the existing suite of SVQs in Catering, Hospitality and Professional Cookery.

The SVQ is designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in conditions of the workplace in any aspect of the industry, or as part of a Realistic Working Environment (RWE) within a centre. Criteria for RWE are set out in the assessment strategy developed by the Sector Skills Council, People1st. The assessment strategy is available on the SVQ Hospitality subject page.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for candidates who are working at senior levels in a range of sub sectors and job roles, such as Heads of Departments, Kitchen Managers, Head Chefs, Accommodation Managers, Executive Housekeepers, and Food and Beverage Managers, as well as managers in small businesses and owner operators.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. This is a work-based qualification, so candidates should be in a job role that enables them to provide the required evidence in a working environment.


SVQ in Hospitality Management Skills at SCQF level 8 could provide progression to:

  • Management and leadership roles in the hospitality sector, including marketing and retail.


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

The SVQ in Hospitality Management Skills at SCQF level 8 is an occupational qualification whose purpose is to assess a candidate’s competence. In each unit there are performance criteria that describe what the candidate must be able to do in a real work environment.  It is expected that evidence for this SVQ will be generated from real work activity in a hospitality workplace. In some circumstances, evidence of the candidate’s performance can come from a Realistic Working Environment (RWE). However, RWEs must meet the guidance provided in the Assessment Strategy.

Methods of assessing this SVQ include:

  • observation
  • products of work
  • personal statement
  • witness testimony
  • professional discussion
  • questioning
  • reflective account

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

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.


Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Hospitality Management Skills at level 4 Assessor guidelines






April 2013


Hospitality Management Skills at SCQF level 8  (433 KB)

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Qualification Verification Summary Reports were formerly known as Internal Assessment Reports.

Evidence requirements (if applicable)


This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 8 Technical Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management Skills. 

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

  • Careers Skills Units
  • G8YA 46 - Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders*
  • F4TL 34 - Food Hygiene Intermediate*
  • Foreign Language at SCQF Level 5*                        


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