SVQ Occupational Health and Safety Practice SCQF level 9

SVQ Occupational Health and Safety Practice SCQF level 9

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Occupational Health and Safety Practice at SCQF level 9 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as promoting a positive health and safety culture; effective communication systems and policy for health and safety information; developing and maintaining individual and organisational competence as well as controlling risks and reviewing proactive and reactive monitoring systems for health and safety. It also covers developing and implementing emergency response; reviewing systems and procedures; and influencing and keeping pace with improvements in health and safety practice.

This qualification has been designed in partnership/jointly awarded with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink 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 that 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. This minimises any time learners need to be away from their work.

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including SVQ 5 in Management of Health and Safety.

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

  • full-time
  • part-time (for example, day-release)
  • open and distance learning

The achievement of other qualifications such as the SVQ in Occupational Health and Safety at SCQF level 7 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 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.

Progression

The level 7 award could provide progression to:

  • an SVQ 5 in Management of Health and Safety  
  • degree level study in a related field at a higher education institution
  • employment in the health and safety sector, perhaps as a health and safety officer in a supervisor / management role

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have 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

Current

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Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GT5P 24

The SVQ in Occupational Health and Safety at SCQF level 9 consists of eight mandatory units and two optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure (45 KB).

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.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the: Occupational Health and Safety Practice level 4  Modern Apprenticeship.

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Lapsing

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Qualification Structure

SVQ in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (GK52 24)

This group award has been replaced.

It entered its lapsing period on:       31/5/2022

It finishes on:                                   31/5/2026

National Occupational Standards

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

Modern Apprenticeship

This Award is also part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Occupational Health and Safety Practice L3

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