NPA Local Food Production

NPA Local Food Production

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards.

The NPA in Local Food Production at SCQF level 6 gives learners the opportunity to explore how the food they eat is produced and to contrast global food markets with food produced and consumed locally. They will also have the opportunity to develop practical skills in one of three areas — Horticulture; Animal Husbandry or Aquaculture — and to explore the steps involved in taking a primary food product to market.

This NPA develops technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem solving and planning; and organisational and communication skills.

It covers routes to market, product development, added value, marketing, and legal requirements; and explores issues surrounding local and global food production and consumption, environmental issues, food security and sustainability.

It is available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why study this qualification

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period of time
  • those who are looking to access HN programmes
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine
  • employees who want to develop their careers
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements
  • employers who wish their employees to take part in short continuing professional development courses

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it is recommended for learners entering the SCQF level 6 award to have completed some training at SCQF level 5. If learners do not possess a basic food hygiene qualifications, they would benefit from studying towards one. For learners undertaking the Primary Food Production: Aquaculture Optional Unit they would also benefit from undertaking a Sea Survival course.

Employment and progression

The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • SCQF level 7
  • an HNC/HND in Horticulture, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Hospitality, Food Science or related areas
  • SVQs in the land-based sector
  • employment in the food production sector

Qualification structure

Group Award code: GJ3V 46

The NPA Local Food Production at SCQF level 6 consists of two mandatory Units (12 SCQF credit points) and also requires a further optional Unit (6 SCQF credit points).

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Qualification structure

Group Award code: GJ3V 46

The NPA Local Food Production at SCQF level 6 consists of two mandatory Units (12 SCQF credit points) and also requires a further optional Unit (6 SCQF credit points).

NPA Local Food Production at SCQF level 6 (GJ3V 46) (365 KB)
 

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How to assess

Assessment of this award will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed- and open-book assessment conditions. It is recommended that centres refer to the assessment and Evidence Requirements for each Unit.

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre's discretion.

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