QCF Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing

QCF Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing

The QCF Level 4  Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing has been developed in response to the needs of industry and reflects the skills and knowledge required to work at an advanced level within the jewellery manufacturing industry as a Jewellery Manufacturer or Silversmith.

The structure of the Qualification has been designed to allow learners to focus on either Jewellery Manufacture or Silversmithing through the provision of two separate pathways, however, both provide learners with the opportunity to critically evaluate the techniques, materials and tools that can be applied to the production of advanced items of jewellery or silverware.

The Qualification covers areas such as forming jewellery components using advanced techniques; joining jewellery components using advanced techniques; and researching, developing and producing plans for the manufacture of precious metal objects.

The specialist focus on silversmithing includes producing spun products using advanced techniques and producing tools for use in the manufacture of jewellery or silverware items whilst the specialist focus on jewellery manufacture includes implementing repair and restoration on jewellery items and applying advanced knowledge of metallurgy to the manufacture of.

Achievement of the Qualification will also enable learners to demonstrate that they have reached a standard where they can work independently, implement advanced techniques and be able to develop innovative products with confidence and consistency.

This qualification is designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in conditions of the workplace. It is available through approved SQA centres.

Who does this qualification suit

The QCF Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • those progressing from the Diploma in Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing at QCF level 3
  • individuals who already have some skills and knowledge jewellery and silverware manufacturing
  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects by gaining a recognised qualification
  • individuals who wish to start their own business


This Diploma is a mandatory component in the Level 4 Apprenticeship. In Jewellery Manufacturing, Silversmithing and Allied Trades


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Successful completion of the QCF level 4 Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing Qualification can allow learners to progress to:

  • the Higher (Level 4) Apprenticeship in Jewellery Manufacturing, Silversmithing and Allied Trades
  • a wide range of degree programmes
  • employment in a diverse range of job roles including: Silversmith Pathway – Senior Silversmith; Senior Smallworker; Senior Silver Spinner, Senior Model Maker; Senior Chaser. Jewellery Manufacture Pathway – Senior Manufacturing Jeweller; Senior Diamond Mounter; Senior Pattern Maker; Senior Precious Metal Caster.


Centres 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

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

The Silversmithing Pathway  requires learners to achieve a minimum total of 119 credits whilst the Jewellery Manufacture Pathway requires a minimum total of 94 credits.

SQA Group Award Code: GJ6M 53
Ofqual Code: S/016/464

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA Co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

Assessment Strategy

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Useful Links

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