Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry (National 5)

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National 5 Skills for Work: Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry is an introductory qualification which develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to work in the food and drink industry.

Candidates learn about safety requirements and product development, and how the food and drink manufacturing industry contributes to the Scottish economy.

The qualification is experiential and learner-centred and candidates can develop practical skills in a realistic work environment where they learn about working in teams and dealing with customers.

The Units of the Course have been designed to be delivered in an integrated way and guidance on a suggested teaching pattern is given in the Course Specification.

It is available through schools and colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The food and drink sector is one of the Scottish Government’s key sectors and is highly important to the Scottish economy. The sector employs over 45,000 people in Scotland and generates sales of around £9 billion. If the industry’s supply chain is included, the sector is estimated to support employment for around 122,000 in Scotland.

There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relation to food and drink manufacturing
  • trainees participating in preparation for entering employment
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Skills for Work: Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry at SCQF level 5 may provide progression to:


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 Guide to Approval.

How to assess

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit. The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit.

The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

Group Award code: C777 75

The Skills for Work Course in Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry consists of four mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and Units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course specification

Course Support Notes

Unit specifications

Unit support notes

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Qualification Verification Summary Reports were formerly known as Internal Assessment Reports.