Since 2001, the SCQF has been Scotland’s national framework, helping people of all ages plan their learning journey, as well as supporting and informing schools, colleges, universities, training providers, employers, national and local governments and many others.

2016 marked the 15 year anniversary of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). To acknowledge this milestone, the SCQF Partnership (SCQFP) undertook a research project in partnership with the University of Glasgow Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU), to understand how the SCQF is used and the impact it is having in Scotland.

The final report has now been published and findings have been shared with partners and stakeholders. The research suggests that the SCQF and SCQFP are both well-established features of Scotland’s education and qualifications landscape with the SCQFP proving to be instrumental in a number of key education and skills developments in the country. The SCQF is an important tool in breaking down the status divide between academic and vocational learning paths, in enabling employers to recruit and plan their workforce development activities more effectively, and in supporting education and skills providers in the design, development and quality assurance of their learning programmes.

However, the research also highlighted a need to continue increasing the awareness of the SCQF amongst key players in the development of the learner journeys of young people; namely teachers, parents and the pupils themselves. The report also concludes that the SCQFP needs to remain focused on striking the balance between simplicity of message and ensuring that the SCQF remains credible in terms of its quality assurance role in credit rated programmes.