SVQ Food and Drink Operations (Brewing Skills) at SCQF level 5

SVQ Food and Drink Operations (Brewing Skills) at SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Food and Drink Operations (Brewing Skills) at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

It covers areas such as: food safety standards in manufacture, working safely, fermentation, yeast selection, yeast cropping, canning, kegging and bottling.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Sector Skills Council and is jointly awarded.

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, further education and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

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.

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 vocational qualifications and to 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 may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

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

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


The level 5 award could provide progression to:

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


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.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ Food and Drink Operations (Brewing Skills) at SCQF level 5 consists of two mandatory units and six optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure (128 KB).

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 (225 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio