SVQ Game and Wildlife Management: Lowland SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Game and Wildlife Management: Lowland at SCQF level 5 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as monitoring and supporting lowland game populations, controlling pests and predators, preparing and supporting shooting activities and relevant legislation, plus health and safety.

This qualification has been designed by Lantra, Sector Skills Council 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 are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification which 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.

As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Learners can progress to a range of qualifications including SVQ Game and Wildlife Management: Gamekeeping at SCQF level 7 or HNC Game and Wildlife Management at SCQF level 7.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning

The achievement of other qualifications, for example, National Certificate (NC) Gamekeeping can contribute towards the successful completion of this award.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners 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 are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of the subject would be an advantage.


The SCQF level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC in Game and Wildlife Management or a related area
  • an SVQ in Game and Wildlife Management: Gamekeeping at SCQF level 7
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the game and wildlife management sector.


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.


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 Game and Wildlife Management: Lowland at SCQF level 5 consists of nine mandatory units and three optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure. (78 KB)

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