SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Chemical Process Technology

SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Chemical Process Technology

The SQA Advanced Certificate and SQA Advanced Diploma in Chemical Process Technology give learners knowledge in subject areas related to chemistry and chemical process technology, providing the building blocks for a career in chemical process technology.

Areas covered include organic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical engineering principles, and physics. Learners have the opportunity to develop practical skills in a laboratory environment, and to complete units that reflect specialisms in the chemical process industry.

These qualifications are available through a growing number of colleges and universities around the world. Typically, an SQA Advanced Certificate takes one year to complete and an SQA Advanced Diploma takes two years.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Certificates and Diplomas have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

The SQA Advanced Certificate and Diploma provide progression routes to further study (see Progression). 

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Certificate and Diploma are suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects 

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • a minimum of two Highers from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at grade C or above, with appropriate supporting passes at National 5 level (or equivalent SCQF level 5) in appropriate science subjects and Mathematics
  • the National Certificate in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 6
  • qualifications in appropriate science, chemical process technology and mathematics programmes, such as access programmes — learners should have gained some units at Higher level in appropriate science, chemical process technology and mathematics programmes
  • suitable work experience gained in a chemical process setting

Progression

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Process Technology is designed to articulate with the SQA Advanced Diploma in Chemical Process Technology.

SQA Advanced Certificates and Diplomas can provide progression to degree-level study. The SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Process Technology may allow direct entry into the second year of degree programmes and the SQA Advanced Diploma in Chemical Process Technology may allow direct entry to the third year of degree programmes. For further information please refer to SQA’s progression partners.

SQA Advanced qualifications may also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Modern Apprenticeships, eg the Modern Apprenticeship in Chemical Process Engineering and Related Industries.

Offer this qualification

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority must 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

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Qualification structure

SQA Advanced Certificate in Chemical Process Technology at SCQF level 7

Group award code: GN10 47 (96 SCQF credit points)

SQA Advanced Diploma in Chemical Process Technology at SCQF level 8

Group award code: GM9W 48 (240 SCQF credit points)

For further information on the structures and units of these qualifications please refer to the group award specification. 

Group award specification

Unit specifications