SVQ Leather Manufacture SCQF level 7 (lapsing)

GJ7J 23 Leather Manufacture at SCQF level 7

This group award has been replaced.

It enters its lapsing period on: 31/08/2023

It finishes on: 31/08/2027

The SVQs in Leather Manufacture at SCQF level 7 and Manufacturing Textile Products at Level 7 have been merged to form the new qualification:

Designed in partnership with UKFT, this SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification) in Leather Manufacture at SCQF level 7 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

Topics covered include: mechanical processing, computer-aided design and manufacturing, production processes, providing customer service, and leadership.

This SVQ is available through employers, further education and training providers. It can only be offered in partnership with industry.

Why deliver this qualification

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. This SVQ 3 is jointly awarded with Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the creative industries, ensuring relevance to the sector.

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 benefit from more proficient employees.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace so minimising the time learners need to be away from their work.

The achievement of other qualifications such as the SVQ 2 in Leather Production can contribute towards the successful completion of this award.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ 3 is suitable for individuals who are currently in employment in the leather manufacturing industry and who wish to obtain a formal qualification.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre, however successful completion of SVQ 2 Leather Production is recommended.

Candidates should be in a job where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.


This SVQ 3 award could provide progression to:

  • further employment in the leather industry in a managerial/supervisory role
  • 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

Group Award Code: GJ7J 23

The SVQ Leather Manufacture at SCQF level 7 consists of one mandatory Unit and six optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (70 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 is a mandatory component in the Modern Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles Heritage Level 3

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Unit Title SCQF 5
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

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Qualification Verification Summary Reports