Diploma in Learning and Development at SCQF level 8 and level 9

Diploma in Learning and Development at SCQF level 8 and level 9

The Diplomas in Learning and Development at SCQF level 8 and 9 are suitable for people working in a training or learning development role with individuals or groups of learners. The qualifications have been developed for the international market to meet the needs of workplace assessment in a Learning and Development context and include a wide choice of optional units which allow candidates to develop planning, design, delivery, assessment and evaluation skills.

These qualification covers areas such as planning and preparing specific learning and development opportunities; engaging and supporting learners in the learning and development process; and reflecting on, developing and maintaining own skills and practice in Learning and Development.

Why deliver this qualification

These qualifications enable the learner to demonstrate both underpinning knowledge and performance evidence of competence in a Learning and Development vocational area.

These qualifications are based on the most current version of National Occupational Standards, developed by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), Sector Skills Council (SSC).  

The Diplomas must be offered within a workplace environment.

The evidence demonstrating achievement of either of the qualifications must be generated assessed within a workplace environment.

Who does this qualification suit

The Diploma in Learning and Development at SCQF level 8 is suitable for trainers, facilitators, mentors, tutors, coaches, instructors or anyone working in a training or learning development role, with individuals or groups of learners.

The Diploma in Learning and Development at SCQF level 9 is aimed at senior trainers or training co-ordinators/managers who plan, deliver, implement and evaluate training programmes and/or have some management of direct trainers.

Candidates would be expected to have responsibility for planning, delivering and evaluating training.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. As these are work-based qualifications, candidates should be working in a training role to ensure they are able to generate the required work-based evidence.

For candidates whose first language is not English, it is recommended that they possess English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) level 5 or a score of 5.5 in IELTS.

Approval

Specific delivery requirements

Centres interested in offering either of these qualifications 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. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Assessment Strategy.

How to assess

Assessment is through performance in the workplace and simulation is not allowed. Evidence can be of three types:

  • work produced by the candidate as part of their job
  • work produced by others relating to the work that the candidate does
  • witness statements produced by others about what the candidate has done

This evidence may be gathered by observed performance, products of work, witness testimony and personal statement, and presented as a portfolio of candidate work.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GR0Y 48

Qualification Structure (83 KB)

The Diploma in Learning and Development at SCQF level 8 consists of three mandatory units and three optional units. Please refer to the Qualification Structure for details on the units making up this qualification.

Group Award Code: GR2J 49

Qualification Structure (95 KB)

The Diploma in Learning and Development at SCQF level 9 consists of three mandatory units and 5 optional units. Please refer to the Qualification Structure for details on the units making up this qualification.

Assessment Strategy

Assessor’s Guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio