Level 3 Diploma Occupational Work Supervision

SQA code: GD3Y 57 
Ofqual code:  600/2836/1
Minimum Total Qualification Time:  370
Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 293
Minimum Credit value: 37

The Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision will develop the underpinning knowledge associated with the role of work supervisor.

This qualification includes managing work activities and resources, developing and maintaining good working relationships, confirming the occupational method of work, co-ordinating and organising work operations, and managing health, safety and welfare.

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers. It can be offered in England and Wales.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is designed to train people as work supervisors. It is aimed at those who do not have any prior experience of the role and will enable them to develop underpinning knowledge and understanding based on recognised industrial practices.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to advance in the sector, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop the learner's occupational competence as a work supervisor. As a knowledge programme it will provide, on completion, the underpinning knowledge required needed to carry out the role.

This qualification is assessed by completing various tasks. These can be carried out through practical assessment, knowledge-based questioning and/or online assessment.  The assessor can then confirm that the learner has met the requirements of the qualification and that they have the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can:

  • interpret the instructions correctly
  • select the appropriate resources for the task
  • complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • gaining a role in the workplace for learners
  • knowledge, understanding and skills

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the industry. Learners will gain the required knowledge and skills in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 37 credits. 

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners not in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • apprentices
  • adults returning to education
  • learners with no prior experience
  • school leavers
  • full-time and part-time employees
  • school and college students

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed in technical, supervisory and management roles.


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Construction Technical Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction).


Learners may progress from the Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision to a range of qualifications including the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction).

The Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision can lead to employment within the construction industry, particularly when it is taken as a component of a Construction Technical Apprenticeship. 

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Qualification structure

Learners must complete five mandatory units and two optional units.

Group award code: GD3Y 57 (credit value of 37)
Ofqual code: 600/2836/1

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit. A training and assessment programme is available for this unit from the SQA secure website.

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