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SCQF Levels SQA Qualifications Qualifications of Higher Education Institutions Apprenticeships & SVQs
12 Professional Development Award Doctoral Degree Professional Apprenticeship
11 Professional Development Award Masters Degree, Integrated Masters Degree, Post Graduate Diploma, Post Graduate Certificate Graduate Apprenticeship, Professional Apprenticeship, SVQ
10 Professional Development Award Honours Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate Graduate Apprenticeship, Professional Apprenticeship, SVQ
9 Professional Development Awards Bachelors / Ordinary Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate Graduate Apprenticeship, Technical Apprenticeship, SVQ
8 Higher National Diploma, Advanced Diploma Professional Development Award Diploma of Higher Education Higher Apprenticeship, Technical Apprenticeship, SVQ
7 Advanced Higher, Awards, Scottish Baccalaureate Higher National Certificate, Advanced Certificate Professional Development Award Certificate of Higher Education Modern Apprenticeship, SVQ
6 Higher, Awards, Skills for Work Higher National Certificate
Professional Development Award
National Progression Award
Modern Apprenticeship, Foundation Apprenticeship, SVQ
5 National 5, Awards, Skills for Work National 5 National Certificate National Progression Award Modern Apprenticeship, SVQ
4 National 4, Awards, Skills for Work National 4 National Certificate National Progression Award SVQ
3 National 3, Awards, Skills for Work National 3 National Certificate National Progression Award
2 National 2, Awards National Certificate National Progression Award
1 National 1, Awards

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is Scotland’s national qualifications framework. The SCQF supports lifelong learning and can help:

  • people of all ages and circumstances to access appropriate education and training over their lifetime, so as to fulfil their personal, social and economic potential

  • employers, learners and the general public to understand the full range of Scottish qualifications, how qualifications relate to each other and to other forms of learning, and how different types of qualification can contribute to improving the skills of the workforce.

The SCQF helps describe both programmes of learning and qualifications, support the development of progression routes and maximise the opportunities to transfer credit points between qualifications.

The SCQF also helps to illustrate the relationships between Scottish qualifications and those in the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond, which can clarify opportunities for international progression routes and credit transfer.

For more information on the SCQF, send us a message or call the team on 0141 225 2922.

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