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Food And Beverage Operations SVQ

(SCQF level 5)

Food, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2023, 1 year


City Campus


This course is delivered over two days per week (Monday & Tuesday), enabling you to fit learning around work commitments and your individual lifestyle.

SVQ Food and Beverage Operations course incorporates SVQ Level 2 Hospitality Services to enhance your technical skills and underpinning knowledge in all aspects of food and beverage service enabling you to grasp the opportunities to progress quickly within the hospitality Industry - Hospitality Rising Careers.  This course is suitable if you are already working in the hospitality Industry with no formal qualifications in this area.

 The course focuses on work-based learning in both our Scholars Training Restaurant and Bistro, providing the benefit of gaining a nationally recognised SVQ qualification, some underpinning knowledge within a class-based environment to support the SVQ units and NQ qualification.

Our assessors regularly monitor your progress and development through to the completion of your qualification. This ensures you develop your skills, helping you to become a valuable asset to employers, enabling career progression within the hospitality industry.

The national standards for this award are set by People 1st and are accredited by SQA.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three national 4 qualifications including English.
  • Applicants will have or be encouraged to seek employment.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • A good understanding of the hospitality industry would be an advantage but is not essential.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

The SVQ framework is made up of ten units - four mandatory core units and six optional units.  The subjects include:-

  • Skills practice in food service.
  • Beverage service and customer care.
  • Workplace health and safety.
  • Food safety.
  • Standards of behaviour in hospitality.
  • Team working.

The course is taught over two days per week with the majority of the learning and practice completed in our commercially operated Scholars Restaurant and our Bistro. You will be taught and guided by our lecturing team to develop service skills required for a wide range of service styles including - café service, small plates, formal lunch service, afternoon tea, Barista, cocktail, wine and drinks service.

After the course


You will be able to secure a permanent role or career progression within a variety of hospitality establishments, working front of house, food service or bar operations. This could include hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and corporate or event catering.

The hospitality Industry is currently seeking to entice new recruits to the industry through Hospitality Rising. A career in this industry will “keep your heart young, your future close and one which really can take you anywhere". Start your own hospitality journey with us today.

Continuing Study

You may wish to continue your studies by undertaking a full-time course at Level 6 – Hotel, Restaurant and Bar Operations.


Assessment methods

Assessment is through observational assessment, completion of questions banks and the process of reflective practice.  You will create a portfolio of evidence to prove that you have the appropriate knowledge and understanding to carry out food and beverage service in the workplace including cafes, bars, restaurants, and hotels. In addition, there will be class-based and home-based assessments for the NQ element of the qualification.

Additional Information


You should have access to an IT device.  The college does have IT devices for students to use within some of the college facilities.

Dress code

You will be provided with a uniform to wear whilst learning in our Scholars Training Restaurant and Bistro. This consists of a purple shirt, tie, black trousers and grey apron. Students are expected to wear black socks and comfortable black shoes.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2023, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus