Making the right subject choices at school can have an impact on what you can progress to study at college or university and what jobs you can apply for in the future.

Understanding the SCQF can help you make sense of qualifications and plan your learning journey.

There are lots of learning programmes that are recognised on the SCQF that you might undertake at school or in your spare time.

For instance, an Outward Bound Adventure and Challenge Award sits at level 5 on the SCQF which is the same level as a National 5. They might be very different types of learning but you still have to use the same level of skills to achieve them. This is why it’s really important to include all the learning you’ve achieved on your profile or CV.

Help is also at hand from Skills Development Scotland.

Your Careers Adviser in school can help you think about the right subject choices for you. You can meet with them to discuss your choices and if you like, you can also bring along your parents/carer or a teacher. Ask your Careers Adviser about the Future Me – Subject Choices magazine as it is full of hints and tips to help you make the best choices for you. Your careers website, My World of Work also has lots of help and advice.

Check out the Action Plan to help you get prepared:

  • Register on My World of Work
  • Complete the About Me quiz
  • Try the Strengths tool
  • Try the Skills tool
  • Use the Subject Choice tool.


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