So you’re still at school. Maybe you’re at the point of choosing your options or perhaps you’re about to make a transition to the next stage of your education. The SCQF is here to help you make sense of qualifications and plan the next move in your learning journey.


Understanding the level of the learning you’ve achieved

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

Recognising all the learning you’ve achieved

There are lots of learning programmes that are recognised on the SCQF that you might undertake at school or in your spare time and it’s important that you include these in your profile or CV. Search our database below for details of these programmes. 

Equality of qualifications

The SCQF promotes equality of qualifications. For instance, an Outward Bound Adventure and Challenge Award sits at level 5 on the SCQF which is the same level as a National 5. 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 to include all the learning you’ve achieved on your profile or CV and remember to include the SCQF level.

Planning your learning journey

Sometimes we know where we’re going next and what we want to do. For example, you might study Nationals, then Highers at school and be sure you’re going to university next. However, you might prefer to go to college and do some vocational training or learn whilst working through a Modern Apprenticeship. The SCQF can help you work out your next move. Have a look at our learner journey video case studies.

Got a burning question? Download our leaflet for school pupils, have a look at our FAQs section or Get in touch 


Use the Interactive Framework to see the level of your learning or to compare mainstream qualifications.


Find qualifications and learning programmes across Scotland that are on the SCQF.


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