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Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)

What are Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ)?

  • SVQ’s are work based qualifications
  • SVQ’s qualify competency in current role
  • SVQ’s are made up of a set of National Occupational Standards (NOS) set by the industry institutes and Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA)
  • SVQ’s assess the skills and knowledge people need to do their job effectively
  • Standards exist as a guide to good practice which helps to improve the performance, skills and knowledge in the workplace

Who is an SVQ suited to?

SVQs are available to anyone of any age across a range of qualification levels. As Market Leaders of SVQ delivery across Scotland we provide SVQs suitable to all job roles within any organisation. Qualified assessors will determine the appropriate SVQ level based on employee’s current job role to ensure a successful learner journey.

What are the benefits of SVQs to your organisation?

  • SVQs will improve staff morale and quality of service whilst retaining talent and reducing your recruitment costs
  • SVQs will provide an opportunity for your staff to develop and the access qualifications to staff based on experiences and skill levels
  • Your employees will gain a sense of recognition for their work therefore enhancing self-esteem and confidence creating employee loyalty
  • SVQs ensure your organisation meets any regulatory requirements.

What are the benefits of SVQs to the individual?

  • SVQs provide the opportunity to acquire a qualification with national recognition
  • Individuals will benefit from increase in self-esteem and self-confidence as they undertake a qualification which recognises their excellent practice
  • Work based qualifications enable individuals to undertake practical assessment in the workplace instead of examinations.

What SVQ’s can West Lothian College Offer?

We offer SVQs within the following areas:

  • Social Services - Children & Young People
  • Social Services - Playwork
  • Social Services - Healthcare
  • Engineering
  • Professional Cookery 
  • Business Administration 
  • Customer Service
  • Management 
  • Retail 
  • Procurement 
  • Automotive

Other areas may be available upon request

Interested and want to hear more?

Then please contact the Workforce Development department at or by calling 01506 427538