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SQA Results are due on Tuesday 6 August.

Candidates may have signed up to receive results by text and/or email but will also receive a certificate by post.

SCQF levels and credit points are included in all Scottish Qualifications Certificates, so understanding what these mean can help when making decisions about your future learning or career options.

If you're a parent, learning about the SCQF will help you support your teenager with making important choices about their next steps.

What is the SCQF?

The SCQF is the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and it provides a way of comparing Scottish qualifications. The Framework features the qualifications you will achieve at school, college, university and many qualifications you may go on to achieve at work or in the community. Each qualification has an SCQF level and credit points. 

What is it for?

The SCQF makes it easier to describe, compare and understand qualifications. Before the SCQF, there was no easy way to compare different qualifications. Now it is easy to see that, for example, an NPA at SCQF Level 5 is at the same level as a National 5. Most Scottish universities and colleges now use SCQF levels and credit points to describe their courses.

The SCQF can:

  • help you plan your learning and make the right choices;
  • help employers understand your qualifications;
  • help universities or colleges identify the level you have studied at in a particular subject, and make it easier to transfer credits between different learning programmes;
  • increase your confidence by showing you the level of learning you have achieved; and
  • recognise other areas of formal and informal learning or skills that may help you to develop and achieve your goals.

SCQF Levels

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework has 12 levels. The different levels indicate the level of difficulty of a particular qualification, with 12 being the most challenging.

SCQF Credit Points

Credit points are a way of showing how much time it takes, on average, to complete a qualification or learning programme. They allow learners, learning providers and employers to compare different qualifications at the same or even different levels.

One credit point is approximately 10 hours of learning. For example, 15 credits involves 150 hours of learning. 

Your SQA Certificate

With your SQA certificate, you get a profile sheet that includes your SCQF Profile. Understanding the SCQF will help you to make sense of your exam certificate, and can help you plan your next steps, particularly if you didn’t receive the results you hoped for and want to explore alternative choices.

Frequently asked questions

Are SCQF credit points the same as UCAS tariff points?

SCQF credit points are not the same as UCAS tariff points. UCAS tariff points relate to the grades you have achieved. SCQF credits are a measure of how long it takes to achieve a qualification, no matter what grade you get.

Why does an ‘A’ at Higher get the same number of SCQF credit points as a ‘C’ at Higher?

The number of SCQF credit points you’ve gained doesn’t change depending on your grade at any particular level. SCQF credits reflect how many hours of learning you’ve done, not how well you’ve learned a subject.

Will my qualifications be recognised if I move abroad?

SCQF levels are referenced against the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), so learning institutions and employers in Europe can easily compare your qualifications against their own country’s qualifications framework.

If I build up SCQF credit points, will I get into college or university?

Not directly, although SCQF credit points help admissions officers in colleges and universities know exactly how much learning you have done and at what level. The admissions officers still have other factors to consider, such as the subjects you studied and grades you achieved.

Will the SCQF help me to get a job?

Not directly, but it will help employers understand the level of difficulty of each qualification, as well as the number of credit points you have achieved as part of your personal development. As your career develops, any work-based qualifications you achieve may add to the number of credits you already have.


Results Helpline

Skills Development Scotland’s Results Helpline goes live at 8am on results day, Tuesday 6 until Friday 9 August 2024.

  • 6 and 7 August, 8am to 8pm
  • 8 and 9 August, 9am to 5pm

The SDS Results Helpline number is 0808 100 8000.

You can talk to SDS's expert careers advisers about course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Foundation, Modern, and Graduate Apprenticeships, jobs, volunteering, or staying on at school.

SDS careers advisers are at the end of the phone to help young people and their parents and carers.

There's also lots of results support on Scotland's career website, My World of Work – it’s packed with advice, information and resources.

If you would prefer to speak to someone in person, you can visit an SDS centre or community venue to talk to a careers adviser about your results and next steps. No appointment is necessary. Find your nearest centre at Contact us - Skills Development Scotland

BSL users

BSL users can use Contact Scotland BSL for support in speaking to an adviser. You can use their app to sign up with an interpreter who will make the phone call for you. Visit


**Before 6 August you can still speak to an adviser by calling 0800 917 8000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


SQA Support

If something is wrong or missing from your certificate, call your school/college who will contact SQA support on 0345 279 1000.

SQA Results Day - Information for Learners

Information on SQA Appeals


Other Support

Remember there is lots of support out there for learners via SQA, Young Scot and My World of Work and for parents via NPFS, Connect, and My Kid’s Career.

Should you have any further questions relating to SCQF Credits or Levels please get in touch via email on info@scqf.org.uk, or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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