MA in Food & Drink Operations SCQF Level 6

Duration
It is expected that apprentices following this framework will take on average:
Pathways 1-6 – on average 12 months to complete. This includes 10% of time for off-the-job training. Pathways 1-6 do not have additional knowledge qualifications this is included in the SVQ.
Pathway 7 – on average 36 months to complete. This includes a minimum 20% of time for off-the-job training.
Pathway 7 is longer in duration due to the higher credits, additional knowledge qualifications and time required to develop competence for this more complex pathway. MAs starting on this pathway are required to meet the entry requirements which will provide them with some underpinning knowledge for this pathway.

Mandatory Outcomes
Each apprentice is required to achieve the following qualifications depending on the pathway they are following:
For pathways 1-6 the relevant SVQ Level 3 qualifications must be completed i.e. a different qualification for each pathway).
For pathway 7 there are two SVQs which must be completed.

Qualification Reference
number
Awarding Body SCQF credit
points
Pathway 1 – SVQ 3 Food and Drink Operations (Bakery Skills) at SCQF Level 6 GG86 23
GG62 23
GG56 23
City & Guilds
SQA & Scottish Bakers
SQA & Improve
38-56
Pathway 2 - SVQ 3 Food and Drink Operations (Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills) at SCQF Level 6 GJ1M 23 SQA & Improve 7-69
Pathway 3 - SVQ 3 Food and Drink Operations (Meat and Poultry Skills) at SCQF Level 6 GG88 23
GG54 23
GG6C 23
City & Guilds
SQA & Improve
SQA & SFMTA
32-62
Pathway 4 - SVQ 3 Food and Drink Operations (Supply Chain Skills) at SCQF Level 6 GG89 23
GG66 23
GG49 23
City & Guilds
SQA & Scottish Bakers
SQA & Improve
35-51
Pathway 5 - SVQ 3 Food and Drink Operations at SCQF Level 6 GG63 23
GG51 23
SQA & Scottish Bakers
SQA & Improve
31-58
Pathway 6 - SVQ 3 Food and Drink Operations (Food Manufacturing Excellence) at SCQF Level 6 GF0H 23 SQA & Improve 23-69

Pathway 7 - SVQ 3 Food and Drink Operations – Engineering Maintenance at SCQF Level 6

SVQ 2 Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF 5

GL46 23

 

 

GG0V22
GF9Y 22

SQA

 

 

EAL
SQA

315-399

 

129-193

Core Skills
Each apprentice is required to achieve the following Core Skills:

Core Skills Minimum level Reference number SCQF credit points
Communication 5 F427 04 6
Working with others 5 F42P 04 6
Problem Solving 5 F42K 04 6
Information and Communication Technology 5 F42F 04 6
Numeracy 5 F42B 04 6

For pathways 1 – 6 all Core Skills need to be separately certificated at level SCQF 5 or above.
For pathway 7 ICT and numeracy need to be separately certificated at level SCQF 5 or above.

Enhancements
There are different enhancements depending on the pathway the apprentice is following as listed below:

  • Pathways 1-6

There are different enhancements depending on the pathway the apprentice is following as set out below:
For pathways 1-6
Apprentices must achieve two additional outcomes. An additional outcome should be a relevant short course at a suitable level, with is a minimum of 10 learning hours. This may be industry-specific or of broader relevance to the learner or business, and must be agreed by the learner, employer and training provider at the beginning of the Modern Apprenticeship programme and shown in the Training Plan. The enhancement outcomes must be new learning. The learner must complete these outcomes in the duration of the apprenticeship programme.
Where a certificate has an expiry date, it must be current at the time of completion of the Modern Apprenticeship.
For pathway 7 – Engineering Maintenance
Apprentices must complete at least one of the following qualifications:

  • NC Engineering Systems SQA code: GD2F 45 SCQF level 5
  • NC Electrical Engineering SQA code: G9AF 46 , SCQF level 6
  • NC Manufacturing Engineering SQA code: G982 45 G97L 46 SCQF level 5 and 6
  • NC Mechanical Engineering SQA code: G97J 46, SCQF level 6
  • HNC Electrical Engineering SQA code: G7TA 15, SCQF level 7
  • HNC Engineering Systems SQA code G85G 15, SCQF, level 7
  • HNC Manufacturing Engineering SQA code: G83Y 15, SCQF level 7
  • HNC Mechanical Engineering SQA code: G840 15, SCQF level 7

Optional Outcomes
Optional outcomes provide the opportunity for employers to provide additional learning where appropriate, depending on the job role.
Additional learning may include units from a relevant S/NVQ or Food and Drink IPQ at level 2 or above; relevant short courses; and relevant professional qualifications. Examples of optional outcomes may be taken from the Enhancements section above, or may be industry or organisation-specific.
Examples of areas that optional outcomes may cover:

  • People skills such as team leader, managing others, working in a team
  • Manager or supervisor skills development

Communications in the workplace

  • Report writing at management level
  • Large scale processing outcomes
  • How to deal with complaints
  • Conflict resolution
  • Dealing with personnel issues
  • Employment law
  • Food Hygiene Intermediate Certificate
  • Additional SVQ units from any qualifications at Level 3 and 4 (e.g., Management or Team Leading)
  • SVQ Food and Drink Operations Principles/Knowledge units at level 2 or above
  • HACCP (Intermediate Level)
  • Health and Safety Certificate
  • ESOL: Work and Study Related Contexts (Access 3/Intermediate 1)
  • Food Safety for Manufacturing Award
  • Coaching Certificate
  • Manual Handling Certificate
  • First aid
  • Water Treatment

The full framework can be read here.

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