So you’ve been in the armed forces and about to enter civilian life in Scotland. There’s a lot to think about and one of the main priorities may well be getting a job or entering further learning.

You’ll have gained some qualifications whilst being enlisted, not to mention a whole wealth of skills and experience.


But what does this all mean?

That’s where the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) can help...


What is the SCQF?

  • It’s Scotland’s lifelong learning Framework.

  • It covers a wide variety of qualifications from school, college, university and the workplace.

  • It clearly shows that qualifications have the same worth whether achieved through school, college, university and the workplace.


What can the SCQF do?

  • It can help you understand more clearly the qualifications landscape in Scotland.

  • It can help you plan your future learning journey.

  • It can help employers and institutions understand the qualifications you have gained.

  • It can help you understand your transferable skills.

  • It can help you progress in your learning and gain credit for what you've achieved.

 

The SCQF diagram /Interactive Framework

 

But what about the qualifications you gained in Service?


These are a few of the qualifications available to infantry soldiers throughout your career. Some of the qualifications you gained while serving may be recognised on the SCQF or may be English qualifications and therefore you may be concerned whether they will be recognised and accepted in Scotland by employers or by educational institutions.

Name of qualification

Awarding Body

It’s not on the SCQF but would be around this level

 

Level 2 HM Forces Apprenticeship

 

Pearson/BTEC

 

5

 

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in ICT

 

 

Pearson/BTEC

 

5

 

Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Personal Weapon

 

 

DAO

 

5

 

Level 3 Certificate in

Weapons Instruction

 

DAO

6

 

Level 3 Certificate in Marksmanship and Coaching

 

 

DAO

 

6


Level 3 Certificate in Range Management

 

DAO

 

6


Level 4 Certificate in Range Management


DAO

 

7


Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in ICT

 

Pearson/BTEC

 

6


Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering (Mechanical)

 

EAL or City and Guilds

5


Level 3 Award in Management


Pearson BTEC or DAO

6


Level 3 Certificate in Management

City and Guilds/ILM 


6


Level 3 BTEC Award in Coaching and Mentoring


Pearson BTEC


6


Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector


City and Guilds


7


Level 5 BTEC Diploma in Leadership and Management


Pearson BTEC


8/9

Level 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Pearson BTEC

8/9

Level 6 BA Hons Degree in Leadership and Management

Northumberland University

10


Note: the level number in the qualification title refers to the level on the English Framework.

There may be qualifications that you gained whilst in the infantry that are not listed. If you are unsure, then drop us a line on info@scqf.org.uk or call us on 0141 225 2922.