SVQ Laboratory Skills (Life Science) SCQF level 7

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Laboratory Skills (Life Science) at SCQF level 7 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as maintaining health and safety procedures and effective and efficient working relationships.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with Cogent Skills to ensure relevancy to the sector.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that NOS are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through colleges, employers, 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.

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

  • full-time
  • part-time (such as day-release)

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 them to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.


The level 7 award could provide progression to the SVQ in Laboratory Skills (Life Science) at SCQF level 8.


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

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 (510 KB). The specific delivery requirements are set out in the assessment strategy.

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.

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Qualification Structure

The SVQ in Laboratory Skills (Life Science) at SCQF level 7 consists of 2 mandatory units and 6 optional units.

Group Award Code: GP4P 23

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.

Core Skills signposting (77 KB)

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

  • GP44 23 - SVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Education Science)
  • GP46 23 - SVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science)
  • G90N 46 - NC in Applied Sciences
  • G9G6 46 - NPA in Laboratory Science
  • G8WV 15 - HNC in Bioscience
  • GK6E 15 - HNC in Applied Sciences
  • GM3G 47 - PDA in Laboratory Science
Unit Title SCQF 5
Core Skills: Communication F427 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42B 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42F 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42K 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

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