SVQ Built Environment Design SCQF level 6

The SVQ in Built Environment Design at SCQF level 6 covers areas such as producing and recommending detailed design solutions and maintaining professional relationships and practice. There are also options to study more specific topics such as investigating factors affecting project development, surveys, reporting, drawing, schedules, tenders and monitoring projects — all in the context of built environment design.

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.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

This is a re-accredited qualification. 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 in required skills and knowledge.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace, minimising any time learners would need to be away from their work.

The SVQ can be offered full-time or part-time (eg day-release), or by open and distance learning.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for people 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 them to gather the required evidence.

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


Candidates who complete the SVQ in Built Environment Design at SCQF level 6 can progress to an SVQ in Built Environment Design at level SCQF 9.

The SVQs at SCQF levels 6 and 9 could provide progression to:

  • degree-level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the construction sector, perhaps as a building or architectural technician


Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess these qualifications, 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

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL92 23

The SVQ in Built Environment Design at SCQF level 6 consists of two mandatory units and four optional units.

For details of the units making up these SVQ qualifications, 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

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Modern Apprenticeship

The SVQ level 3 Built Environment Design at SCQF level 6 is a mandatory component in the Modern Apprenticeship in Construction: Technical at SVQ 3 SCQF level 6

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

  • NC Built Environment at SCQF Level 6 (G8Y3 46)
  • HNC Architectural Technology (G875 15)
  • HNC Construction Management (G878 15)