SVQ Food and Drink Operations (Food Sales and Service Skills) SCQF level 5 (GP24 22/GG61 22)

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

This qualification covers areas such as food safety standards in manufacture, working safely in food manufacture, selling food and drink products, table/tray service, assembling and processing products, and storing and organising.

Developed by NSAFD (National Skills Food and Drink Academy) — the sector skills council for the food and drink manufacturing sector — the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations qualification is awarded by SQA in partnership with NSAFD and/or SFMTA (Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association), and/or Scottish Bakers.

This SVQ must be assessed in the workplace, so is only suitable for individuals employed in the food industry.

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.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace which minimises any time that 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 (such as day-release)
  • open and distance learning

The achievement of other qualifications within the food and drink suite may can 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 them to gather the required evidence.

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


The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • 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

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Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Food Sales and Service Skills) at SCQF level 5 consists of 2 mandatory units and 6 optional units.

National Occupational Standards

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

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Core Skills signposting (78 KB)

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessment strategy (168 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

National Skills Academy Food and Drink logo Scottish Bakers Logo Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Logo