Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice

Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) 5 in Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice at SCQF level 11 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as leading your organisation, directing design projects in the built environment, business risk and opportunities, and directing project information modelling processes for design projects. It also includes managing procurement of design services, directing design teams and communication, and managing income and expenditure. Practice within an ethical and value framework in design service organisations, identifying and evaluating opportunities for innovation and improvement and managing the personal development of yourself and others within design service organisations are also covered.

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 in Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice at SCQF level 11 has been specifically designed for the requirements of the Construction 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 also benefit from their employees being proficient.

The mandatory Units cover the key competences required by a senior design manager or director of a design practice and are suitable for businesses of all sizes. The optional Units provide additional flexibility in the qualification structure to accommodate the needs of different-sized companies and specialisms.

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

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:


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 them to gather the required evidence.

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


This SVQ facilitates career progression in the sector. Employment opportunities are numerous as the qualification covers a wide range of design principles, including civil and structural design, architectural technology and architecture.


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.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

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Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GK67 25

The SVQ 5 in Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice consists of 11 mandatory Units plus one optional Unit.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

National Occupational Standards

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

Awarding partnership arrangements

This Qualification is jointly awarded with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

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