SCQF Levels explained and Planning Your Learning Pathway

SCQF Levels explained and Planning Your Learning Pathway

Have you ever wondered what “SCQF Level 6” actually means?  The Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework  is Scotland’s (SCQF) national qualifications framework which helps you understand Scottish qualifications.

It provides a way of talking about, and comparing, qualifications. This will help a learner make better choices about learning. It will also help them progress their learning journey. For employer’s, this will help them make better choices about staff recruitment and workforce development.  The SCQF brings together all main Scottish qualifications, for example Nationals, Highers, SVQs, HNC/Ds, Degrees and Apprenticeships. It gives them credit points, which show how much learning has been achieved, and a level which shows how demanding the learning is.

Are SCQF Levels Equal?

The framework shows that qualifications are comparable, but it doesn’t mean they are equal. Different qualifications can contain learning which is equally difficult or complicated and when this is the case they will be at an equal level on the SCQF.  The image below shows the comparison of the qualifications.

The learning pathway is easier to plan, as learners can look at the level of SVQ / Apprenticeship they have achieved and choose the next level to progress towards.  It is important to remember that not all learners engage well with written work or formal assessments.  It may suit the learner to take an Apprenticeship within practical work based learning, which in some cases at SCQF Level 7, is comparable to an HNC undertaken at college.  SCQF Level 6 is comparable with a Higher, while SCQF Level 9 is comparable to a degree qualification. 

On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice may look to gain access to second or third year university (completion of SCQF7) or complete the next level of qualification on the Apprenticeship pathway. 

To find out more about how the SCQF Framework works, have a look at the video below:


Have a look at the qualifications we offer at various SCQF Levels if you are an Employer or a Learner.

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