SVQ Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons SCQF level 7 - GR8N 21/GR8M 23

The Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons allow candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

The level 1 SVQ covers areas such as monitoring a process system and assisting with the control of emergencies and critical situations. The SVQ at SCQF level 7 covers the operation of various oil and gas processes including oil tanker loading, oil storage tanks, gas treatment and gas and liquid inlet facilities.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). These SVQs are based on the NOS set and published by the sector skills council for the sector, OPITO.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally-recognised qualification that 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. This minimises any time learners need to be away from their work.

These SVQs can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (for example, day-release)

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQs in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons are designed for people working, or intending to work, in a number of areas in the oil and gas extraction industry, including production operations and multi-tasking operations.


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.


Successful completion of an SVQ in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons could allow progression to higher level qualifications and 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 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 (490 KB).

How to assess

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

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Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GR8N 21

The SVQ Level 1 Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons consists of five mandatory units.

Group award code: GR8M 23

The SVQ in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons at SCQF level 7 consists of eight units. Candidates must complete five units from Group A and an additional three units from Group A or Group B.

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

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

Both SVQs are included as options in the Upstream Oil and Gas Production Modern Apprenticeship framework.

SQA also offers the following components of this apprenticeship:

  • GR5N 22 SVQ in Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF level 5
  • GR8G 23 SVQ in Process Engineering Maintenance (Electrical) at SCQF level 7
  • GR8H 23 SVQ in Process Engineering Maintenance (Instrument and Control) at SCQF level 7
  • GR8J 23 SVQ in Process Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical) at SCQF level 7
  • G9CC 46 NC Engineering Systems at SCQF level 6
  • G9AF 46 NC Electrical Engineering at SCQF level 6
  • G97J 46 NC Mechanical Engineering at SCQF level 6
  • G7TA 15 HNC Electrical Engineering
  • G840 15 HNC Mechanical Engineering
  • G88N 15 HNC Measurement and Control Engineering
  • G7E8 15 HNC Electronics
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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