SVQs in Scientific, Technical and Formulation Processing at SCQF levels 5 and 6

SVQs in Scientific, Technical and Formulation Processing at SCQF levels 5 and 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Scientific, Technical and Formulation Processing at SCQF levels 5 and 6 allow candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

SVQ at SCQF level 5

Three mandatory units cover team working, health and safety, and problem solving techniques. Candidates must also complete six optional units from three groups: Process, Engineering and Lab.

SVQ at SCQF level 6

Three mandatory units cover assessment of risks in the workplace in processing industries operations, effective and efficient working relationships, and problem solving activities. Candidates must also complete six optional units from two groups: Process and Engineering.

The qualifications have been designed in partnership with the sector skills council Semta to ensure relevance to the sector.

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.

These qualifications are available through colleges, employers 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.

Since assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

As well as providing a formal learning pathway for candidates, these SVQs support career progression particularly within small- to medium-sized employers — and they align with industry needs for multi-skilled personnel.

The SVQs in Scientific, Technical and Formulation Processing can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)

Who does this qualification suit

These SVQs are 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

Access

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 or knowledge are required to undertake these qualifications.

Progression

The SVQ in Scientific, Technical and Formulation Processing at SCQF level 5 could provide the opportunity to progress to the SCQF level 6 qualification. There may also be opportunities to progress to other relevant qualifications at various SCQF levels.

Successful completion of the qualification could also open up more employment opportunities and career prospects in the sector.

Approval

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

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.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ in Scientific, Technical and Formulation Processing at SCQF level 5 consists of three mandatory units and six optional units. Candidates must complete at least one unit from optional groups A, B and C.

The SVQ in Scientific, Technical and Formulation Processing at SCQF level 6 consists of three mandatory units and six optional units. Candidates must complete at least one unit from optional group A and a minimum of two units from optional group B.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure.

Group Award Code: GP42 22

Group Award Code: GP43 23

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.

Modern Apprenticeships

The SVQs at SCQF level 5 and 6 are mandatory components in the Scientific, Technical and Formulation Processing Modern Apprenticeship Framework. SQA also offer the following Core Skills components and the NC, NPA, HNC and PDA enhancements included in the Apprenticeship framework:

Unit Title

SCQF 5

Core Skills: Communication

F427 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F42B 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42F 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42K 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

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