SVQ Performing Engineering Operations SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work and expertise. The qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards set and published by Enginuity, the sector skills council for the sector.

The SVQ covers mandatory areas such as complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements and using and interpreting engineering data and documentation.

This qualification is available through employers, training providers and some colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

Upon successful completion, candidates 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 candidates would need to be away from their work.

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

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

Who does this qualification suit

The 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.


The qualifications could provide progression to HNC Engineering qualifications. Successful completion of the qualification could also open up more employment opportunities and career prospects in the sector.


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

Centres without devolved authority are required 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 (490 KB).

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Information for Assessment of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the assessment strategy.

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Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GR5N 22

The SVQ in Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF level 5 consists of three mandatory units and five optional units.

Optional units may be chosen from Group A and/or Group B.

Optional units selected from Group B must be delivered and assessed in the candidate's place of work (ie not in a sheltered/realistic environment).

For details of the units making up the SVQs, please refer to the qualification structure (214 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.

Core Skills Signposting (121 KB)

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Engineering Modern Apprenticeship (PDF file).

SQA also offers the following Core Skill components and NC, HNC and HND 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

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