SVQ Press SCQF Level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification in Press at SCQF level 5 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

The qualification covers areas such as: maintaining printing equipment in working order, improving the effectiveness of the print organisation through good communication with others, setting up and running machinery within the print industry. In additional this qualification includes making sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council, ProSkills.

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 is a work-based qualification to be assessed in the workplace or realistic working environment if on placement and 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 the SVQ 3 in Press at SCQF level 6.

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

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release) 

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification


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 then to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in or

knowledge of press operations would be an advantage.


The SVQ 2 could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/HND in Creative Printmaking or a related area
  • an SVQ 3 in Press at SCQF level 6
  • an SVQ 3 in Post Press at SCQF level 6
  • Level 3 SVQs for the wider print sector at SCQF level 6
  • degree level study at a higher education institution


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 2 in Press at SCQF level 5 consists of four mandatory Units and two optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (GK9N 22 )

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 SVQ is awarded in partnership with Graphic Enterprise Scotland.

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