SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6

SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as food safety at critical points, health, safety and environmental systems, maintaining product quality, energy efficiency, waste minimisation, water usage, process control of production, and leadership.

Developed by NSAFD (National Skills Food and Drink Academy), the sector skills council for the food and drink manufacturing sector, the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations qualification is awarded by SQA in partnership with NSAFD and/or SFMTA (Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association) and/or Scottish Bakers. It is available through employers and training providers.

This SVQ must be assessed in the workplace, therefore it is only suitable for individuals employed in the food industry.

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 (such as day-release)
  • open and distance learning.

The achievement of other qualifications within the food and drink suite may 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.

Access

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 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.

Progression

The level 6 award could provide progression to:

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

Approval

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 (510 KB).

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs (523 KB). 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

Current

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6 consists of 8 optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the GP1X 23 (SQA and NSAFD) (112 KB).

National Occupational Standards

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

Core Skills signposting

Awarding partnership arrangements

GP1X 23 SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with NSAFD.

GP1X 23 SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with Scottish Bakers.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Lapsing

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

This qualification is now in its lapsing period and will finish on 31 August 2022. 

SVQ 3 in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6 (GG51 23).

Centres should note:

  • The qualification will be deleted from the relevant catalogue.
  • The qualification’s content and delivery tools will remain on SQA’s website until 31 August 2022 at which point they will be removed and archived.
  • No new centres may be approved to offer the qualification.
  • No candidates can be entered for the qualification.
  • Centres should ensure candidates complete the qualification and results are submitted to SQA before 31 August 2022.

National Occupational Standards

Centres/candidates undertaking these Courses should also refer to the full National Occupational Standards for information relating to the overview and scope.

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

Core Skills signposting

Awarding partnership arrangements

GG51 23 SVQ 3 in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with NSAFD.

GG63 23 SVQ 3 in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with Scottish Bakers.

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:

F427 04    Core Skills: Communication SCQF level 5
F42P 04    Core Skills: Working with Others SCQF level 5
F42K 04    Core Skills: Problem Solving SCQF level 5
F42F 04    Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology SCQF level 5
F42B 04    Core Skills: Numeracy SCQF level 5

For further information on the Level 3 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship please visit: http://improveltd.co.uk/scotland/frameworks-scotland

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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