SVQ 4 Supply Chain Management at SCQF level 8

SVQ 4 Supply Chain Management at SCQF level 8

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 4) in Supply Chain Management at SCQF level 8 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

Supply Chain Management is about managing the flow of information, materials, services and money across any activity, in a way which maximises the effectiveness of the process. It is relevant to all sizes of businesses across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Supply chain practitioners may be involved in any or all areas of the supply chain, for example: procurement, logistics, transport, operations management, export/international trade.

The Supply Chain Management SVQs provide Units for strategic level, management level and technical level practitioners (Level 5, 4 and 3 equating to SCQF level 11, 8 and 7 respectively).  The SVQs are intended for people who work in the supply chain, such as material planners, contracts managers, procurement assistants, supply chain directors, distribution supervisors, and buyers.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

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

The SVQ 4 in Supply Chain Management at SCQF level 8 is a re-accredited qualification.  
Upon successful completion, 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 also benefit from their employees being proficient.

As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals undertaking the qualification as part of an apprenticeship
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to undertake continuing professional development

The SVQ 4 in Supply Chain Management at SCQF level 8 is suitable for those in a managerial role such as analyst, consultant, head of department, manager, planner, researcher, senior officer and specialist manager.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

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

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.


The SVQ 4 in Supply Chain Management could provide progression to:

  • an HND in Supply Chain Management or a related area
  • an SVQ 5 in Supply Chain Management
  • relevant professional body qualifications
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in a wide range of sectors


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

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

SVQ 4 Supply Chain Management at SCQF level 8

Group Award Code: GK1A 24

To complete the SVQ 4 Supply Chain Management at SCQF level 8, candidates must complete 10 Units in total, 4 mandatory Units and 6 optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (83 KB).

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

CSS SVQ4 Supply Chain Management (413 KB)

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ may be a mandatory component in a Technical Apprenticeship for Supply Chain Management.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessment Strategy Supply Chain Management (152 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

Title Level Publication Edition Download
SVQ3, 4 and 5 Supply Chain Management 7, 8 and 11 DB6195 1 (January 2015) SVQ3, 4 and 5 Supply Chain Management (752 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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