SVQ Food Technology at SCQF level 6

SVQ Food Technology at SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Food Technology at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as food business, food manufacture, working relationships with colleagues, health, safety and environmental management, food safety Hazards and team work.

Developed by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD), the sector skills council for the food and drink manufacturing sector, the SVQ in Food Technology at SCQF level 6 will be included in the first pathway in the new Technical Apprenticeship Framework for Scotland’s Food and Drink Industry.

It will be supported by an appropriate technical certificate, such as the HNC in Food Science and Technology, or PDA in Food Science or Food Technology, which will provide the deeper knowledge and theory required. The aim is to provide learners with significant amounts of technical capability that currently is not delivered via the Modern Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Operations.

This qualification must be assessed in the workplace, and is therefore only suitable for individuals employed in the food and drink industry. It is available through employers, further education and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Successful candidates 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.

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

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications, including vocational and higher education.

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

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning

The achievement of other qualifications within the food and drink suite may contribute towards the successful completion of this award.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to undertake short continuing professional development (CPD) courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out tasks and responsibilities which allow them to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.


The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the food and drink sector


Centres 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

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.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ Food Technology at SCQF level 6 consists of six mandatory units and six optional units.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Awarding partnership arrangements

Jointly awarded with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessment strategy (226 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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