The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

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The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is a new way of understanding qualifications in Scotland. Its main purpose is to make the relationships between qualifications clearer. This, in turn, will make progression and transfer between qualifications easier. 

The Framework describes all Scottish qualifications in terms of their level and credit value.

The SCQF is managed and developed by a partnership of national bodies, which includes SQA.

In diagram form the SCQF looks like this:

Levels in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

SCQF
level

SQA National Units,
Courses and Group Awards

Higher Education

SVQs

SCQF
level

12

 

Doctorate

 

12

11

 

Masters

SVQ 5

11

10

 

Honours degree
Graduate Diploma

 

10

9

 

Ordinary degree
Graduate Certificate

 

9

8

 

Higher National Diploma
Diploma in Higher Education

SVQ 4

8

7

Advanced Higher
Certificate in Higher Education

Higher National Certificate

 

7

6

Higher

 

SVQ 3

6

5

Intermediate 2
Credit Standard Grade

 

SVQ 2

5

4

Intermediate 1
General Standard Grade

 

SVQ 1

4

3

Access 3
Foundation Standard Grade

 

 

3

2

Access 2

 

 

2

1

Access 1

 

 

1


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