SVQ Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring SCQF level 6

SVQ Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring at SCQF level 6 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as health, safety and security at work, and carrying out bespoke selling and fittings. Learners will choose a specialised pathway in either bespoke cutting or bespoke tailoring. The qualification offers vital training for the bespoke clothing industry in Scotland.

The SVQ provides two routes, Bespoke Cutter and Bespoke Tailor:

Bespoke Cutter

A fully qualified cutter is able to measure the figure, analyse particular customer figurations or (figure variations) and cut a pattern to fit an individual customer requirement. They liaise with the customer in order to gain an understanding of specific customer needs. All this information is translated into the customer's individual pattern - the cutter will then work closely with the tailor to create this individual bespoke garment. 

Bespoke Tailor

A fully qualified tailor specialises in making coats and jackets, or trousers, skirts and waistcoats. Training as a coatmaker (or to make jackets) normally takes longer as there are an increased number of complicated processes involved in the construction of a jacket. The tailor will use traditional methods of tailoring and will be able to receive the cut and trimmed garment bundle from the cutter and skilfully assemble all the component parts, resulting in a garment(s) of the highest quality.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that NOS are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

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.

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

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including PDA Textile Design for Garments or HN Fashion Design and Manufacture.

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

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

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 and enhance their professional development


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

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

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in areas such as design, costing or fashion would be beneficial.  Candidates may have attended a short, introductory sewing course or created clothing items at home or work.

Alternatively, candidates may be working within the clothing industry as a sewing machinist or cloth cutter with interest in progression into the bespoke clothing sector.


The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/HND in Fashion Design and Manufacture or a related area
  • a PDA in Textile Design for Garments
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the textile sector as a bespoke cutter or tailor


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 Bespoke Cutting and Tailoring at SCQF level 6 consists of one mandatory unit and five optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure (116 KB).

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

UKFT intend to introduce this SVQ as a new pathway within the existing Fashion and Textiles Heritage Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6-7 in 2019-20.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

SVQ in Leather Manufacture at SCQF Level 7 (GJ7J 23)

SVQ in Manufacturing Textile Products at SCQF Level 7 (GK7T 23)

SVQ in Kilt Making at SCQF Level 6 (GA0A 23)

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