National Qualifications Outline
We have designed and developed National Qualifications which support Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) - the 3 to 18 curriculum in Scotland. Our National 1 to Advanced Higher qualifications are being taught in schools and colleges across Scotland and aim to help young people develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they will need to succeed in the 21st century.
The National Qualifications
The table shows how the current National Qualifications replace the previous National Qualifications you may already be familiar with.
|SCQF Level||Current National Qualification||Replaces||Previous National Qualification|
|1||National 1||>||Access 1|
|2||National 2||>||Access 2|
|3||National 3||>||Access 3
Standard Grade (Foundation level)
|4||National 4||>||Standard Grade (General level)
|5||National 5||>||Standard Grade (Credit level)
|7||Advanced Higher (new)||>||Advanced Higher|
We have also developed a range of Wider Achievement Awards which are shorter than National Courses and recognise success across different levels of difficulty, meaning they are suitable for learners of all abilities. More information can be found on our Awards page.
National Qualifications and the SCQF
All of the current National Qualifications have been benchmarked against the previous National Qualifications on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). This ensures that they are set at the same level of demand and difficulty as their predecessors, and that national standards are maintained.