Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders

Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders

SQA code: GN63 62
Ofqual code: 603/2596/3
Total Qualification Time: 10 hours
Guided Learning Hours: 1
Credit value: 1

This qualification consists of a single unit, which covers the role and responsibilities of a Personal Licence Holder in any premises licensed for the retail sale of alcohol.

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges and may be offered in England and Wales. 

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

It is a mandatory requirement of the Licensing Act 2003 that the sale or supply of alcohol from licensed premises must be authorised by a personal licence holder. Individuals who intend to apply for a personal licence must hold a licensing qualification; the Home Secretary has accredited the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification for this purpose.


The Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders is designed for those who authorise the sale of alcohol, or manage or supervise in premises where alcohol is sold.

Specific delivery requirements

Centres interested in offering this qualification will need to have a fully developed online training package that has been mapped to the learning outcomes and assessment criteria detailed in the unit specification. Training packages must be prior verified by SQA.  In addition, prospective centres will need to have access to a test centre network where they can administer an electronic examination under invigilated conditions.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification covers the areas of the Licensing Act 2003 that anyone who wishes to apply for a personal licence needs to know about. Such as:

  • the nature, purpose and period of validity of a personal licence
  • the legal duties of a personal licence holder
  • the roles, responsibilities and functions of licensing authorities
  • the nature and strength of alcohol and the effect on the body
  • the law in relation to premises licences.

Learners must complete a training session before undertaking and passing a 40 question multiple choice exam.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • licensed premises owners, managers, supervisors or workers who need a qualification to be able to apply for a personal licence or to demonstrate that they meet legislative requirements

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Specific skills, knowledge, understanding or other qualification(s) required before taking this qualification include:

  • relevant work experience in the licensed trade sector

This qualification is mainly taken by owner-managers of licensed premises and individuals employed or seeking employment as:

  • supervisors or managers of licensed premises
  • bar staff
  • sales personnel in licensed retail outlets

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Qualification structure

This qualification requires the learner to complete one mandatory unit.

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How to assess

The level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders is assessed by an externally set, multiple choice examination with 40 questions.

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