Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

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The central aims of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) are to:




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The SCQF helps to make the relationships between qualifications clearer.  It can clarify entry and exit points and routes for progression within and across education and training sectors.  It also helps maximise the opportunities for credit transfer.  In these ways it will assist learners to plan their progress and learning.

Qualifications in the SCQF are compared using two measures: level and credit. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show the size of the qualification and how much work is involved in achieving that qualification. For example, one person may study a course at Intermediate 1, SCQF level 4 and another at Higher, SCQF level 6. Both award the same number of SCQF credit points but at different levels of difficulty.

Following the review of SQA qualifications, new and revised National Qualification Group Awards, ie National Certificates, National Progression Awards and revised Professional Development Awards are also placed in the SCQF.