Food and Beverage Service at SCQF Level 5

This qualification covers areas such as workplace health and safety; food safety; standards of behaviour in hospitality; team working; and the skills required to serve food and drink to customers.This qualification has been designed in partnership with People 1st, the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality industry, to ensure relevance to the sector.SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

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SCQF Level 5


SCQF Level 5: 6-8 months


Scottish Borders, Edinburgh and Lothians

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Entry requirements

The SVQ in Food and Beverage Service is intended for candidates who work as part of a team involved in serving food and drink in restaurants,hotels, cafes and takeaways.Candidates should be in a position to provide required evidence of competence within the field.

Progression opportunities

The level 5 award could provide progression to further SVQs in the Hospitality and Professional Cookery suite at SCQF level 5 or 6.Employment in the hospitality sector, perhaps in a hotel, restaurant, bar or cafe; working as a waiter, bar person or in a role that covers both.


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