Food and Drink Operations (Livestock Market Droving Skills) SCQF Level 5

Food and Drink Operations (Livestock Market Droving Skills) SCQF Level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Food and Drink Operations (Livestock Market Droving Skills) at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise. It is aimed at those specifically working in the livestock droving sector of the food and drink industry.

This qualification covers areas such as receiving livestock, controlling movement of livestock, displaying livestock and the lairage of livestock, cleanliness and disinfection of livestock markets, and reducing risks to health and safety in livestock markets.

Developed by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, the sector skills council for the food and drink manufacturing sector, the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Livestock Market Droving Skills) at SCQF level 5 qualification is awarded by SQA in partnership with the Scottish Craft Butchers (SCB).

This qualification must be assessed in the workplace, and is therefore only suitable for individuals employed in the livestock droving sector of the food and drink industry. It is available through employers, further education and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Upon successful completion, 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 which minimises any time that learners would need to be away from their work.

Candidates can progress to a range of vocational qualifications and to higher education.

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 within the food and drink suite may 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.

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


The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the food and drink sector


Centres without devolved authority are required 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.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Livestock Market Droving Skills) at SCQF level 5 consists of 2 mandatory units and 6 optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to:

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification 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

GP70 22 is awarded in partnership with SCB.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 2 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

F426 04 - Core Skills: Communication SCQF level 4
F42N 04 - Core Skills: Working with Others SCQF level 4
F42J 04 - Core Skills: Problem Solving SCQF level 4
F42E 04 - Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology SCQF level 4
F42A 04 - Core Skills: Numeracy SCQF level 4

For further information on the Level 2 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship please visit:

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

Skills Development Scotland

National Skills Academy Food and Drink logo Scottish Craft Butcher