SVQ Estate Management SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification in Estate Management at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to show they are proficient in a range of land-based skills including housing/tenancy-related skills, health and safety requirements, and environmental good practice.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with Lantra, the Sector Skills Council, and with Scottish Land and Estates.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQ 3 in Estate Management at SCQF level 6 is a new qualification. It is designed primarily for assessment in the workplace to allow candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in a real working environment.

Delivery can be offered in a variety of modes to suit the working practices of the employer/placement.

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

The achievement of other awards in related areas such as NPAs/NCs/SVQs in Rural Skills, Gamekeeping and Wildlife Management, Agriculture, Countryside Management and Environmental Conservation can contribute towards the knowledge and understanding and the development of practical skills required to demonstrate the competences of the SVQ.

Who does this qualification suit

As this is a work-based award, this SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • individuals who are on placement or working as a volunteer in an appropriate working environment

This may include:

  • factors without a formal qualification
  • assistant factors
  • land agents
  • gamekeepers/ghillies
  • forestry workers
  • agricultural/rural industry workers


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.



This SVQ 3 could provide progression to:

  • employment in the estates sector
  • HNC/HNDs in a range of land-based and related areas such as countryside management and environmental conservation and construction, particularly fencing/walling and repairs
  • degree level study at a higher education institution


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

Qualification structure

Group Award Code: GJ5C 23

The SVQ 3 in Estate Management at SCQF level 6 consists of six mandatory Units and four optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (98 KB).

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search

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.


Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Estate Management Assessor Guidelines (DB6186) (705 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio


Useful links

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