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Throughout your working life and through activities outside the workplace, you may have developed a wealth of skills and experience which would be very valuable to an employer, even though you may not hold a qualification to prove this.

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. That's why we have enhanced our Interactive framework tool to help you understand what SCQF level matches your skills so you are then able to describe these to a prospective employer, and help you to find the right role for you.

 

To help you find the SCQF level you feel matches your skills, follow the instructions below:

Which of these qualifications do you hold?

In the framework diagram below, tap on the highest SCQF level at which you have qualifications. A link will take you to a page which describes the skills and abilities you would typically have if you are working at that SCQF level. After reading the page, if you feel that this does not describe your skills and abilities, you can use the links at the bottom of the page to look at a higher or lower level.

Can’t find your qualifications?

  • If you are not sure what SCQF level your qualification is, you might find it in the SCQF Database

  • If you achieved your qualifications a while ago, see our Old v New diagram to find the comparable level

  • If you achieved your qualifications in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, see our Qualifications can Cross Boundaries leaflet to find the comparable level

  • Still not sure? Start at SCQF Level 5 and go from there
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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