When recruiting staff, how you specify the level of skill or competence that you need for a particular role is important. Whilst there are jobs that do require specific qualifications such as those in healthcare or engineering, many are broader in their requirements. Despite this, employers often ask for specific qualifications such as a degree or equivalent, or a specific number of Highers or equivalent. Understanding what that ‘equivalent’ might be is essential to maximising the range and diversity of your potential applicants.
At the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership; the national qualifications framework for Scotland, we work with a wide range of awarding bodies, professional bodies and other programme owners to ensure a variety of different types of learning is recognised on the Framework, and to extend the recognition of informal and non-formal learning.
By using SCQF levels in your recruitment processes instead of specific qualifications, you can significantly widen your pool of applicants, who may have a wealth of skills and experience, or alternative qualifications, at the required level. This ensures you get the best range of suitable candidates for your job roles. Ensuring people are working at the right level and are utilising their skills also helps with employee morale and retention.
A Higher sits at level 6 on the SCQF, however 93% of qualifications at level 6 on the SCQF are NOT Highers!
On our Interactive Framework below go to the first column and click on the SCQF level (2-12) for the qualifications you were considering requesting. This will take you to a page that describes the skills and abilities an employee would typically possess if they are working at that particular SCQF level. After reading the page, if you feel that this level may be too high or low, you can use the links at the bottom of the page to look at a lower or higher level.
Not sure where to start? Have a look at SCQF Level 5 and go from there.
Know the older qualifications better? See our Old v New diagram to find the comparable level
Compare Scottish qualifications with those from across the UK and Ireland: See Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries
|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|
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