This Framework diagram has been produced to show the mainstream Scottish qualifications already credit rated by SQA and HEIs. However, there are a diverse number of learning programmes on the Framework, which, due to the limitations of this format, cannot be represented here. See our database of learning programmes on the SCQF.
On a mobile device swipe left to access all qualifications on the framework and tap to select.
Tap the SCQF Level (2-12) to access information on the skills and experience expected at that level.
Or, tap the name of the qualification to see a description of the qualification.
|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:
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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