Skills for Learning, Life and Work

All learners are entitled to develop their Skills for Learning, Life and Work (SfLLW). We support the development of generic skills throughout our qualifications. Derived from Building the Curriculum 4, the SfLLW framework has been used to develop National Qualifications.

Below you can see the SfLLW framework, as well as the Skills table highlighting where each of the SfLLW are expected to be developed through National Courses and Awards. You’ll find information on the Literacy and Numeracy Units designed using the SfLLW framework. You can also see some suggested qualifications which could be used to develop and recognise these important skills.

SfLLW framework

SQA has developed a framework of broad, generic skills. The Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work framework is derived from Building the Curriculum 4.

The framework outlines definitions of the five broad areas of generic skills that are essential for qualification development.

The five broad areas are:

This skills framework also assists with the design of assessment and learning and teaching methods. These skills sit alongside knowledge, understanding and subject based skills.

A ‘toolkit’, Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work: Using the Curriculum Tool has been developed to support the use of the skills framework. It is available on SQA’s secure website and can be obtained via your centre’s SQA co-ordinator.

Skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work will not be automatically certificated. The development of these skills is the responsibility of all practitioners. Many of the opportunities to develop the skills will be naturally occurring, through learning and teaching activities.

Core Skills remain an important part of our Scottish system and Core Skill qualifications will remain for the foreseeable future.

Skills table

The Skills for Learning, Life and Work table shows at a glance which generic skills are expected to be developed, and are naturally occurring, in each of the new National Courses and Awards. It is a snapshot in time taken from the Course Specifications, published in April 2012.

This information may help a range of people involved with learners in the Senior Phase and beyond: for example, programme and curriculum planners; careers and guidance staff; those involved with profiling skills; parents and carers; employers and all other teaching staff. It is designed to show where Skills for Learning, Life and Work link explicitly with the qualifications.

While they may not be shown in all qualifications within the table, literacy, numeracy and aspects of health and wellbeing skills remain the responsibility of all. There should be ample opportunities for them to be included in the learning and teaching of the qualification.

Literacy and Numeracy

The skills framework has been used to develop Units in Literacy and Numeracy which are available at SCQF levels 3, 4 and 5.

We have established equivalent relationships between the Literacy and Numeracy Units and the Core Skills and National Certificate Communication Units.

Skills opportunities in our qualifications

We have identified learning opportunities to develop these SfLLW in National Qualifications. For each of the five main skill areas we have highlighted some qualifications which focus directly on the skills within the framework..