Scottish Qualifications Certificate

Since January 2007, SQA has issued a revised, easier to use and understand Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC) to candidates. The SQC is a candidate's life-long record of their qualifications. As a result of feedback and in consultation with candidates, the certificate is designed to make it a clearer layout and easier to read.

The certificate has three sections:

The certificate also gives Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) information. The SCQF describes qualifications in terms of level and credit points which makes it easier to understand and compare different types of qualifications. The level indicates the complexity of the learning and the credit points shows the learner effort needed to achieve the qualification. One aim of the SCQF is to help make easier credit transfer between different learning programmes. The SCQF level and credit points of SQA's qualifications are shown on the certificate. The Profiles section shows the total credit points at the SCQF level achieved by the candidate.

The guide below explains these changes and shows you how to read the certificate.

If you have any questions on the new SQC, please speak to your Business Development Manager.