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Your child may still be at school and about to make a transition to the next stage of their education or may already be at college or university. Wherever they are in their learning journey The SCQF is here to help you make sense of the range of Scottish qualifications so you can support them to plan their next move.

Understanding the level of the learning achieved

Your child might be studying or about to study Nationals or Highers. Have a look at our Interactive Framework to see where these sit on the SCQF. 


Recognising all the learning achieved

There are lots of learning programmes that are recognised on the SCQF that your child might undertake at school or in their spare time and it’s important that they include these in their profile or CV. Search our database for details of these programmes. It’s easy to use! 


Equality of qualifications

The SCQF promotes equality of qualifications. For instance, a Yes Company Programme by Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) sits at level 6 on the SCQF which is the same level as a Higher. 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 that your child includes all the learning they’ve achieved on their profile or CV and remembers to include the SCQF level.


Planning a learning journey

Sometimes we know where we’re going next and what we want to do. For example, your child might study Nationals, then Highers at school and be sure they’re going to university next. However, they might prefer to undertake a Foundation Apprenticeship (SCQF level 6) in S5-6 instead of a Higher or go to college and do some vocational training or learn whilst working through a Modern Apprenticeship (SCQF Levels 5-7). The SCQF can help them work out their next move. Have a look at our learner journey case studies

The SCQF School Ambassador Programme

Your child's school may already be involved in our School Ambassador programme which aims to support schools with exploring and developing better learning pathways. Teachers, pupils, and parents will learn about the benefits of the SCQF and the wider ways in which it supports learners such as recognising wider achievement, developing Senior Phase learning pathways in line with the Developing the Young Workforce strategy, and giving equality between vocational and academic qualifications.

If your child's school isn't yet involved, speak to the school senior management team for more information. 

Got a burning question? Download our leaflet for parents, have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions section or Get in touch 

By completing the King George VI Youth Leadership training, Individuals/learners have a recognised qualification to add to their CV in support of employment opportunities and the credit points to support applications for further and higher education applications.

In one case an individual's results arrived but he did not receive the grades he needed for his first choice at University. However, the credit points attached to the course turned a conditional acceptance into an unconditional acceptance. This experience naturally has motivated others to become involved in the course and to see the benefits of SCQF credit rating.

Alan Hunter, Training & Development Officer, Boys Brigade

SCQF credit rating strengthens the approaches to assessment and delivery whilst giving greater currency and credence of participation to our young people, many of whom do not hold recognised qualifications.

Barbara Hastings, Curriculum Manager, Rathbone Training UK

Going through the Uni-Link programme was right for me. I would recommend this route to anyone who would like the opportunity of University. I have hugely benefited from this path. College sets you up nicely for the University experience and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to pursue this path.

Christopher Greig, Former Student of Robert Gordon University

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