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In order to be on the SCQF, all qualifications have to go through a rigorous, quality assured process of ‘credit rating’ by a Credit Rating Body (CRB). CRBs include FE colleges, universities and other higher education institutions, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and a handful of other organisations which are specially approved by the SCQF Partnership to credit rate.

The information available on this database includes the SCQF Level of the qualification, the number of SCQF credit points that can be achieved, and the target audience.

One SCQF credit point = 10 notional hours of learning, so the credit points tell you the time that it takes an average learner to achieve the qualification (just multiply by 10 hours).

(NB You cannot use this database to search for which qualifications are currently running at particular institutions. For that type of information please view the institution’s own website).

This database now includes all university degree programmes that are on the SCQF. For general information, all ordinary degrees are worth 360 SCQF credit points at Level 9 and all Honours degrees are worth 480 SCQF credit points at Level 10.

NB – SQA Highers, Intermediate qualifications etc. are listed under the title of ‘National (subject)’. For example, ‘National English’, ‘National Modern Studies’, etc. The type of qualification is indicated by the SCQF level (Highers = SCQF Level 6; National 3 = SCQF Level 3; National 4 = SCQF Level 4; National 5 = SCQF Level 5).

HNC/HND qualifications can be found by using the keyword search field and typing in ‘Higher National (subject)’. All HNC qualifications are worth 96 SCQF credit points at Level 7; all HND qualifications are worth 240 SCQF credit points at Level 8.

Please note, this database does not provide information about HNC/HND qualifications being offered at particular institutions. For that type of information please contact SQA (T: 0345 279 1000) or view the institution’s own website.

NB: This is not a database of all qualifications in Scotland because not all qualifications are on the SCQF.  

This database has been updated and improved with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.  This work will lead to providing users with links to the Learning Opportunities and Qualifications in Europe Portal. 


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