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The current list of Credit Rating Bodies is as follows:

  • Universities and other higher education institutions in Scotland
  • Scotland’s colleges
  • The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
  • Chartered Banker Institute
  • City & Guilds (See update)
  • Scottish Police College
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Scottish Prison Service College
  • ASET International Energy Training Academy
  • EduQual

This list is updated as new CRBs are approved.

Ongoing Support:

The SCQF Partnership provides ongoing support to CRBs and has developed a number of resources and offers a range of workshops to complement the information contained in the SCQF Handbook.

To arrange a bespoke support session for staff please contact Fiona Garry 

Information Notes for Credit Rating Bodies

A range of information notes has been developed for CRBs. These notes are aimed at providing CRBs with additional guidance on specific topics of interest expanding on the information within the SCQF Handbook and also the Quality Assurance Model for SCQFP Approved CRBs.

Information Notes Series 1: Third Party Credit Rating for Credit Rating Bodies

Information Notes Series 2: Externality for Credit Rating Bodies

Information Notes Series 3: Annual Monitoring and Programme Review

Information Notes Series 4: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We plan to continue to develop more information notes on topics of interest so if you are a CRB do get in touch with us if you think there is a topic that would benefit from additional guidance.

Ongoing Quality Assurance - SCQFP Approved CRBs

As an SCQFP approved CRB the cycle of annual monitoring falls into two categories:

Annual Monitoring  - carried out through a blended approach of a self-evaluation submission and correspondence with SCQFP officers with a possible formal online meeting if required.

Periodic Review – carried out through a blended approach of a self-evaluation submission and a formal online with a review team including external reviewers.

To request templates for either of the above please contact Helen Murdoch-Wilson

More details are available in our Quality Assurance Model downloadable from the right-hand panel.

An annual fee of £1500 (2023) each year is applicable irrespective of the type of review being undertaken.

Ongoing Quality Assurance -Universities and Colleges

For universities and other higher education institutions which have credit rated provision, this is the responsibility of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and will form part of their overall monitoring processes of quality assurance generally.

For colleges with credit rated provision, the quality assurance of credit rating activities will be carried out by SCQFP. 

Education Scotland continue to evaluate colleges in relation to the quality of provision and services through 'How Good Is Our College?'


Third-Party Credit Rating

Interested in gaining the authority to credit rate programmes belonging to other organisations who wish to have them placed on the SCQF?  

The benefits of this can be seen in the following case study:

City of Glasgow and REHIS

Please contact Helen Murdoch-Wilson on 07818 076 505 to find out more.

What people are saying about our workshops for staff working within Credit Rating Bodies...

The SCQFP provide excellent free workshops which enable participants to share good practice and have an opportunity to understand fully the principles of credit rating.

Katrina McDonald, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

An excellent session that helps to make the process of credit rating more understandable and meaningful by the use of case studies and guided discussion.

R Mulholland, GCU

Excellent introduction to SCQF and the Credit Rating process.

Garth Hill, Scottish Prison Service

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