SVQ Team Leading SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Team Leading at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise. It is aimed at those in their first managerial role who are likely to have a limited span of control and responsibility for small teams of people.

This qualification is jointly awarded with the Chartered Institute of Management (CMI). Candidates who are registered for the SVQ  in Team Leading at SCQF level 6 (GM28 22) are able to take advantage of 12 months free studying membership of CMI.

This qualification is available through employers, colleges 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 are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

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.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace which minimises any time learners need to be away from their work.

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including SVQ in Management at SCQF level 7.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification


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 or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.


This SVQ in Team Leading at SCQF level 6 could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/Diploma in Management and Leadership or a related area
  • a range of PDAs in Management from SCQF level 6 and above
  • an SVQ in Management at SCQF level 7
  • employment across many sectors, perhaps in a junior management role


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

The SVQ in Team Leading at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory Units and two optional Units.  For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (118 KB)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification can be found on the SVQ Management and Leadership home page.

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.

Awarding partnership arrangements

SQA offers all its Management and Leadership Qualifications in partnership with the professional body for Management, the Chartered Institute of Management (CMI). Candidates who are registered for this SVQ are able to take advantage of 12 months free studying membership of CMI.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Assessor Guidelines including all units/NOS for SVQ in Team Leading at SCQF level 6 (459 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Z0390 SVQ Management Recording Form SCQF level 6 (2.04 MB)

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Candidate Support Packs (Knowledge Requirements)

To assist with knowledge requirements, SQA has produced a range of support materials for SVQs in Management and the suite of PDAs in Management (consisting of SVQ Units). We are currently updating this material and will advise you when the revised materials are available. Your centre's SQA Contact has access to the current materials on SQA's secure website. Please approach them for access. The attached document shows support materials currently available for all SQA's Management Awards (40 KB).

Useful Links

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