SVQ Built Environment Design Management SCQF level 9

The SVQ in Built Environment Design Management at SCQF level 9 covers areas such as preparing development team programmes and developing and advising on design recommendations. There are also options to study more specific topics such as preparing specifications and managing project building information modelling protocols.

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

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.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace minimising any time learners would need to be away from their work.

The SVQ can be offered full-time or part-time (eg day-release), or by open and distance learning.

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


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.


The SVQ at SCQF level 9 could provide progression to:

  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the Construction sector


Centres interested in offering this qualification 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. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the assessment strategy.

This qualification is part of a Qualification Partnership Agreement. 

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 Built Environment Design Management at SCQF level 9 consists of five mandatory units and five optional units.

Group Award Code: GL8Y 24

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.

Awarding partnership arrangements

This Qualification is jointly awarded with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Technical Apprenticeship in Construction: Technical at SCQF levels 8/9.

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