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Job roles at SCQF Level 7 may involve responsibility for implementing or supervising complex services within a defined, familiar or supervised structure. Jobs may involve the management of resources or people within defined areas, working at professional level with others to gain an understanding of current professional practice.

Representative Competencies of Job Holders at SCQF Level 7

Scope of Work Carries out clearly defined activities which combine a range of tasks (which may be non-routine or new); normally works in routine contexts.
Degree of Autonomy Works under guidance to plan work for self and others; manages or supervises others to implement plans; manages resources in defined areas of work.
Processes Deals with routine professional problems and issues; bases decisions on research and other evidence; evaluates the outcomes of activities; applies and explains complex ideas.
Contribution to Quality Makes a specialist contribution to reviews of work and the improvement of practices and processes; may lead on aspects of these activities.
Skills Uses a wide range of routine professional techniques, practices, and materials.
Knowledge Draws on the main theories, concepts and principles which apply in the sector; has an awareness of developments in the sector.
Personal Development Routinely undertakes continuing professional development; accepts supervision or guidance in less familiar work.

Job Role

Representative responsibilities

Jobs at this level may require the completion of activities which depend on an understanding of complex processes and systems. These jobs may also require holders to base action on evidence and evaluate their results. Job holders may be expected to manage or supervise the work of others and to be committed to keeping abreast of developments in the sector.


Representative tasks and duties

These may include:

  • supervising complex operational services or providing specialist operational advice and support to service providers
  • scheduling the work of a team, setting targets and monitoring performance
  • capacity-building in own team or in a number teams across a department, or small organisation
  • acting as lead contact for a specialised process, system or procedure
  • co-ordinating a defined project
  • contributing to resource planning
  • reviewing a project or a service from a specialist perspective and making recommendations for improvement
  • environmental scanning and alerting managers to foreseen or emerging trends and issues


Knowledge and skills

Jobs at this level may require specialised technical skills and good communication and supervision skills. There may be a need for some management skills gained through practical experience and/or training. Roles may require a sound working knowledge of specialist systems, equipment, processes and procedures including the numerical, graphical and ICT skills required to monitor and evaluate work.

Examples of qualifications at SCQF Level 7

Advanced Higher, CSYS, Higher National Certificate, Certificate Of Higher Education, Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7, SVQ at SCQF Level 7, and a wide range of other courses available in the workplace and community (see SCQF Database)

Does this describe your abilities / job role?

This does not have to be an exact match in all areas, but the best description for the key aspects of your job role.

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