SVQ 3 Mixed Farming at SCQF level 6

SVQ 3 Mixed Farming at SCQF level 6

This agricultural SVQ develops agricultural skills, with a focus on mixed farming including egg production and the farming of birds, crops and livestock.

It covers areas such as promoting, monitoring and maintaining health, safety and security; communicating in a business environment; and maintaining records within the workplace.

The SVQ also includes optional Units that cover monitoring the overall process for egg production, brooding and growth of young birds; as well as planting, harvesting, preparing and monitoring crops; working with planting equipment; and livestock.

Learners will develop the intermediate-level skills they need for employment and/or further study, allowing them to more proficient in their role within the agricultural industries.

The Agriculture Mixed Farming SVQ 3 is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set and published by the Sector Skills Council for the sector, Lantra.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

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

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning

The achievement of other awards such as National Certificate in Agriculture or the SVQ 2 in Agriculture can contribute towards the successful completion of this award.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • individuals working in the farming industry


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.


The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/HND in Agriculture or a related area
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • work in the agriculture sector such as farmworker


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

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

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GH5D 23

The SVQ 3 Mixed Farming at SCQF level 6 consists of three mandatory Units and 11 optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (114 KB).

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.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ qualification is also part of the Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture.

Unit Title Code
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

Level: 2 and 3
Publication: DB5388/3
Edition: December 2013
Downloads: Agriculture at level 2 and 3   (932 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Lantra Assessment Guidance

Useful links

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