The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
The Scottish Credit and Qualifications
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.
There are 12 levels. Level 1 represents Outcomes designed for learners with severe and profound learning difficulties. Level 12 contains Outcomes associated with doctoral studies.
The credit value which is the number of points a qualification has, says how big the qualification is, or in other words how much it is worth. One point represents a notional 10 hours of effort by the learner.
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|
|SQA National Units,
Courses and Group Awards
|8||Higher National Diploma
Diploma in Higher Education
Certificate in Higher Education
|Higher National Certificate||7|
Credit Standard Grade
General Standard Grade<
Foundation Standard Grade