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The SCQF Partnership is the independent, charitable company set up to maintain and develop Scotland’s National Qualifications Framework. We work with a wide range of awarding bodies, professional bodies and other programme owners to ensure that a wide variety of learning is recognised on the Framework, for the benefit of learners of all ages and abilities.

Our aims are to:

  • ensure that, where appropriate, all assessed learning and qualifications in Scotland are included on the Framework;
  • extend the recognition of informal and non-formal learning across out education and skill system;
  • develop and promote the Framework as a Lifelong Learning tool;
  • develop relationships with other frameworks internationally.

Our Functions

The SCQF Partnership team delivers a wide range of functions, including:

  • Approving new Credit Rating Bodies onto the SCQF;
  • Quality assuring of a range of Credit Rating Bodies across the UK in relation to their SCQF credit rating activity;
  • Supporting, monitoring and reviewing of Scottish colleges’ credit-rating activities;
  • Providing tailored support for existing Credit Rating Bodies on developing and maintaining processes for SCQF credit rating;
  • Offering non-biased, independent, expert advice to programme owners on the credit rating process, including information on potential Credit Rating Bodies in Scotland;
  • Training through a wide range of workshops supporting programme owners, credit rating bodies and those who wish to adopt Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) principles;
  • Supporting employers in embedding the SCQF into their workforce development strategies;
  • Supporting secondary schools with the development of learning pathways to maximise the potential of all young people;
  • Promoting and raising awareness of the benefits of the SCQF across all sectors, both nationally and internationally.

The SCQF Partnership Board


The Partnership has a Board of Directors appointed from the following organisations:

  • College Development Network;
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education;
  • Universities Scotland;
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority

The Board appoints an Independent Chair to moderate its business and co-opts two further directors to represent employer interests and to Chair the Partnership’s Quality Committee.

Our Mission Statement

To ensure that the quality and integrity of the SCQF is maintained at all times and that the benefits of using the Framework are fully promoted to all stakeholders across Scotland and beyond.

Our Values

The Partnership’s values are:






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