SVQ Warehousing, Storage and Distribution at SCQF level 6

SVQ Warehousing, Storage and Distribution at SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Warehousing, Storage and Distribution at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as monitoring the receipt, storage or dispatch of goods,

Responding to problems in logistics operations and health and safety.

This is a re-accredited award which has been developed through consultation carried out by Lantra to ensure it remains relevant to the sector.

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

Upon successful completion, 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.

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

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including SVQ Logistics Operations at SCQF Level 7.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release) 

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQ is suitable for:

  • trainees preparing for employment
  • employees studying as part of a continuing professional development programme
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

However, candidates have to be employed in relevant roles in warehousing, storage and logistics operations in order to generate the required evidence.

Learners require skills and knowledge in warehousing and storage operations, moving, handling and storing goods, and a general understanding of the relevance of their role to maintaining the supply chain.

Progression

The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • SVQ in Logistics Operations at SCQF Level 7

There are opportunities to progress and gain wider experience within the logistics sector through promotion from basic warehousing and storage roles to supervisors/team leaders; traffic managers and logistics management (eg team leading, management, moving into traffic operations).

Approval

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 and Assessors Guidelines for SVQ in Warehousing, Storage and Distribution at SCQF level 6.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ Warehousing, Storage and Distribution at SCQF level 6 consists of 4 mandatory Units and 4 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 Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 6 Freight Logistics. 

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

GL1C 23 SVQ 3 Driving Goods Vehicle at SCQF level 6

SVQ 3 Logistics Operations at SCQF level 7

Unit Title SCQF 4 SCGF 5
Core Skills: Communication F426 04 F427 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42A 04 F42P 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42E 04 F42K 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42J 04 F42E 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42N 04 F42B 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Lapsing

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

These qualifications are now in their lapsing period and will finish on:

SVQs in Warehousing and Storage and 3 (GF9D 23) – 31.08.2020

Logistics Operations SVQ Level 3 (GF9E 23) – 31.08.2021

Centres should note:

  • The qualification will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • The qualification’s content and delivery tools will remain on SQA’s website until 31/8/2021 at which point they will be removed and archived
  • No new centres may be approved to offer the qualification
  • No candidates can be entered for the qualification
  • Centres should ensure  existing candidates complete the qualification and results are submitted to SQA before 31/8/2021

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance, and support material

Logistics underpins virtually all sectors of industry – ie, any organisation that moves, handles or stores goods or materials makes direct use of the logistics function. Examples of industry supply chains that are supported by logistics include:

  • Food & Drink
  • Chemicals & Petroleum
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Electronics & Electrical
  • Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
  • Paper & Printing
  • Clothing & Footwear
  • Furniture & Furnishings
  • Utilities

The SVQ in Warehousing and Storage and Logistics Operations can therefore be used to enhance the effectiveness of organisations across many sectors by developing knowledge and understanding of wide range of logistics skills and operations including:

  • SVQs in Warehousing and Storage level 2 (GF9C 22): health, safety and hygiene; working with others; customer service; dispatching, storing and receiving goods; moving, handling, picking, wrapping and packing goods; recycling and disposal; use of equipment
  • SVQs in Warehousing and Storage and 3 (GF9D 23): receipt, storage and dispatch of goods; manage stock levels and records; respond to problems in logistic operations; team leadership; application of technology to logistic operations; build and manage teams; use of equipment
  • SVQs in Warehousing and Storage Support Operations level 2 (GF9A 22): health and safety and hygiene; working with others; cleanliness of equipment and work area; keep stock at required levels; move, handle, pick wrap or pick goods
  • Logistics Operations level 3 (GF9E 23): contribute to the business; optimise use of resources; maintain health and safety; improve performance in logistics operations; provide leadership, allocate work and check work of team; customer service; health and safety of hazardous goods; compliance with legal, regulatory, ethical and special requirements; receipt, storage and dispatch of goods; minimise environmental impact; application of technology; international road transport operations.

Delivery

These SVQs are delivered and assessed in the workplace; or in conditions of the workplace.

Target Groups

These SVQs are intended for those in any business where moving, handling and storing goods are a function; they are suitable for candidates in a wide range of job roles such as:

  • SVQ 2 Warehousing and Storage (GF9C 22): Warehouse Assistants (both Retail and Wholesale); Stockroom Assistants (both Retail and Wholesale); Stock Receivers; Stock Dispatchers; Stock Pickers
  • SVQ 3 Warehousing and Storage (GF9D 23): Team Leader; Supervisor; Warehouse Shift Supervisor; Warehouse Manager
  • SVQ 2 Warehousing and Storage Support Operations (GF9A 22): Warehousing Operative; Trainees in Goods In Clerk; Goods Out Clerk; Loader/Unloader;  Picker/Packer
  • Logistics Operations SVQ Level 3 (GF9E 23): Managers (eg Transport Managers, Procurement Managers); Team Leaders; Supervisors; Shift Leaders

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, candidates have to be employed in relevant roles in warehousing, storage and logistics operations in order to generate the required evidence.

Candidates require skills and knowledge in warehousing and storage operations, moving, handling and storing goods, and a general understanding of the relevance of their role to maintaining the supply chain.

Assessor Guidelines (available below) include advice to help assessors choose the appropriate SVQ for each candidate.

Progression

There are opportunities to progress and gain wider experience within the logistics sector through promotion from basic warehousing and storage roles to supervisors/team leaders; traffic managers and logistics management (eg team leading, management, moving into traffic operations).

All these SVQs (except SVQ 2 in Warehouse and Storage Support) are included in the MA in Freight Logistics

There may also be opportunities to progress to qualifications or membership of relevant professional bodies.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence

Assessment Guidance

SVQs are designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in conditions of the workplace. Examples of the settings or centres in which these SVQs are likely to be delivered include:

  • Distribution centres
  • Warehouses
  • Stock rooms
  • Transport depots
  • Any business which moves, handles or stores goods or materials

However, the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Logistics, has developed an Assessment Strategy which defines a range of requirements for these SVQs covering:

Assessor's guidelines

Comprehensive Assessor Guidelines for these SVQs are available below. These guidelines include:

  • guidance on matching candidates to the appropriate SVQ
  • outline of roles of the assessor and of the candidate
  • practical advice for assessing candidates including examples of assessment plans, types and methods of assessment, how to generate relevant and appropriate evidence, advice on developing candidate portfolios, how to judge evidence and make an assessment decision
  • advice on authentication of candidates’ evidence
  • wide range of useful templates/recording forms

Warehousing and Storage and Logistics Operations Management

Level:

1, 2 and 3

Publication:

DB6140, DB4489

Edition:

October 2012

Downloads:

Assessor’s Guidelines Warehousing and Storage and Logistics Operations Management levels 1, 2 & 3 (183 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Internal Assessment Reports

Useful links

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