SVQ in Laboratory Skills (Life Science) at SCQF level 8

SVQ in Laboratory Skills (Life Science) at SCQF level 8

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Laboratory Skills (Life Science) at SCQF level 8 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

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

This qualification has been designed in partnership with Cogent Skills to ensure relevance 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

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 or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.

Progression

The level 8 award could provide progression to a range of science qualifications.

Approval

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. 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.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ in Laboratory Skills (Life Science) at SCQF level 8 consists of 2 mandatory units and 6 optional units.

Group award code: GP4V 24

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure.

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 SCQF Level 8 Technical Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

  • GK6G 16 - HND in Applied Biological Sciences
  • GK6H 16 - HND in Applied Chemical Sciences
  • GK6F 16 - HND in Applied Sciences
  • GK70 16 - HND in Industrial Biotechnology

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

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

Lapsing

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

This qualification is now in its lapsing period and will finish on (28/02/2023). 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 (28/02/2023) 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 (28/02/2023).

Group Award Code: GJ31 24

The SVQ 4 Life Sciences and Related Industries at SCQF level 8 consists of two mandatory Units and six optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (74 KB).

National Occupational Standards

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

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Technical Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

  • GK6G 16    HND in Applied Biological Sciences at SCQF level 8
  • GK6H 16    HND in Applied Chemical Sciences at SCQF level 8
  • GK6F 16    HND in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 8
  • G7YX 16    HND in Biomedical Sciences at SCQF level 8

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

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

2017 SVQ Life Science (154 KB)

Scope and range document

Centres may find the scope/range document (55 KB) helpful when devising an instrument of assessment.

Useful links

Cogent Life Sciences Scotland

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