Level 4 Diploma Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM

QCF_Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM

The QCF Level 4  Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM has been developed in response to the needs of industry and reflects the skills and knowledge required to work with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) techniques and processes at an advanced level within the jewellery manufacturing industry.

The Qualification provides learners with the ability to critically evaluate the techniques, materials and tools associated with CAD/CAM in order to produce advanced items of jewellery or silverware. Areas covered include: research, develop and produce drawn plans for the manufacture of precious metal objects; apply advanced knowledge of metallurgy to the manufacture of precious metal objects; produce advanced designs for precious metal objects using CAD technology; and produce advanced prototypes for precious metal objects using CAM technology.

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 Manufacturing CAD/CAM at  is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • those progressing from the QCF Level 3 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM
  • individuals who already have some skills and knowledge in jewellery making and design drawing
  • 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 Manufacturing CAD/CAM can allow learners to progress to:

  • Achievement of 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: jewellery production manager; senior jewellery manufacturer; senior precious metal caster; senior jewellery CAD/CAM designer.


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

This qualification requires the learner to complete all the mandatory Units.

The QCF Level 4 Diploma in Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM requires learners to achieve a minimum total of 118 credits; 98 credits from thefour Mandatory Units plus a further 20 credits from the Optional Units.

Group Award code:   GJ4J53
Ofqual Code: S/016/463

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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