SVQ Advice and Guidance SCQF level 7

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Advice and Guidance at SCQF levels 7 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

Areas covered include: communicating with potential clients; supporting clients to make use of services; reviewing your contribution to services; developing and managing interviews with clients; as well as working with clients to develop an action plan for implementation and acting as a mentor to colleagues.

This SVQ has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council Skills for Justice to ensure that it is relevant.

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

This suite of qualifications is available primarily through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Successful candidates will gain a nationally-recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully at the appropriate level. Employers will also benefit from their employees achieving a skills-based qualification.

This SVQ is designed to be delivered in the workplace. Assessment is carried out in the workplace and based on actual work activities, which minimises time learners would need to be away from their duties.

This SVQ has been designed to allow learners to demonstrate the range of skills required in providing Advice and Guidance in a variety of settings. The SVQ 3 in Advice and Guidance focuses on the skills required to provide technical guidance or information and advice to clients. 

The SVQ 2 in Advice and Guidance reflects the requirement for individuals working at this level to provide an initial point of contact for clients, delivering a good level of service to both clients and colleagues.

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQ Level 3 is suitable for individuals who are currently working as an adviser providing information, advice and guidance 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 at the required level, 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. 


The SVQ 2 Advice and Guidance at SCQF level 5 may provide progression to:

  • SVQ 3 Advice and Guidance at SCQF level 7
  • SVQ 4 Advice and Guidance at SCQF level 8


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 Information for Assessment of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

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Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GL1L 23

The SVQ Advice and Guidance at SCQF level 7 consists of 4 mandatory Units and 2 optional Units

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.

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.

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