Food and Drink Operations (Automated Plant Bakery Skills)

Food and Drink Operations (Automated Plant Bakery Skills)

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Food and Drink Operations (Automated Plant Bakery Skills) at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work and expertise, and is aimed at staff using automated plant bakery technology in bakeries.

There are two mandatory units covering food safety procedures and health and safety in food manufacture. The optional units allow the qualification to be tailored to meet specific business needs, for example: weighing, preparing and mixing, moulding, proving and baking dough products using automated machinery processes as well as wrapping/labelling finished products, planning your work, handover procedures and recording production operations.

Developed by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD), the sector skills council for the food and drink manufacturing sector, the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Bakery Skills) at level 6 qualification is awarded by SQA in partnership with Scottish Bakers.

This qualification must be assessed in the workplace, and is therefore only suitable for individuals employed in the food and drink industry. It is available through employers, further education and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Automated Plant Bakery Skills) at SCQF level 5 is a new addition to the suite of SVQs for Food and Drink Operations and complements the SVQs in Food and Drink Operations (Bakery Skills) at SCQF levels 5 and 6. It is designed specifically to meet the specialist skills needs of the growing automated plant bakery sector and recognises the growing use of technology in this sector.

Due to the practical, competence-based nature of this qualification, it must be delivered in the workplace or real work environment. Simulation is not permitted under the Assessment Strategy. It may be delivered full-time or part-time.

The achievement of other awards in the Food and Drink sector such as the NPA in Food Manufacture at SCQF level 6, Health and Food Technology at National 4/5 or SVQ 1 in Food Preparation may contribute towards the knowledge and understanding required by the SVQ.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for those working in a bakery as machine and process plant operators, who would like to obtain a formal qualification in the bakery sector.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of baking and bakery production processes would be an advantage.

This SVQ must be assessed in the workplace — it is only suitable for those who are employed or are in work placement in the food industry.


The SCQF level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • NPA in Food and Drink Manufacture at SCQF level 6
  • a Level 3 SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6
  • HNC in Food Science and Technology SCQF level 7
  • employment progression within the food (bakery) sector


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 Improve’s Assessment Strategy (335 KB) 2013 . Assessment will be through a series of practical and theory-based assessment or tasks. The Assessment Strategy does not allow simulation.

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National Occupational Standards

Centres/candidates undertaking these Courses should also refer to the full National Occupational Standards for information relating to the overview and scope.

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

Awarding partnership arrangements

GJ3M 22 is jointly awarded with Scottish Bakers.

GJ1L 22 is jointly awarded with NSAFD.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 2 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Unit title


Core Skills: Communication

F426 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F42A 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42E 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42J 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42N 04

For further information on the Level 2 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship please visit:

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