Equivalence of new Units to existing qualifications

Where qualifications develop a similar set of skills, we say they are 'equivalent' to one another.

The National Literacy Units at National 3, National 4 and National 5 are equivalent to the existing Core Skills Communication Units and National Certificate Communication Units, while the Numeracy Units are equivalent to the existing Core Skills Numeracy Units.

Equivalency tables

The tables show where these qualifications are equivalent to one another, and how they relate to the levels of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

This information can be used to help learners avoid duplicating effort, which could happen if they are required to take a qualification that is equivalent to one they have already achieved.

The tables can also be used to identify where it is possible to progress from one type of qualification to another.

Table 1 Equivalences — Core Skill: Numeracy and the new National Numeracy Units

Table 1 Equivalences — Core Skill: Numeracy and the new National Numeracy Units
Core Skill: Numeracy SCQF level New National Numeracy Unit
Higher 6 N/A
Intermediate 2 5 National 5 Numeracy
Intermediate 1 4 National 4 Numeracy
Access 3 3 National 3 Numeracy
Access 2 2 N/A

Find out more about how Core Skill Numeracy and the National Numeracy Units are equivalent (39 KB).

Table 2 Equivalences — Core Skill: Literacy and the new National Literacy Units

Table 2 Equivalences — Core Skill: Communication, new National Literacy Units and National Certificate Communication Units
Core Skill: Communication SCQF level New National Literacy Unit National Certificate (NC) Communication
Higher 6 N/A NC Communication (Higher)
Intermediate 2 5 National 5 Literacy Units do not currently match
Intermediate 1 4 National 4 Literacy Units do not currently match
Access 3 3 National 3 Literacy Units do not currently match
Access 2 2 N/A N/A

Find out about how Core Skill: Communication, the new National Literacy Units and the National Certificate Communication Units are equivalent (43 KB).

Important information

Some programmes may require a specific generic skills qualification and may not accept equivalent qualifications.

SQA will not provide certification for equivalent qualifications based on these tables.