What is the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework?

The SCQF is a way of comparing Scottish qualifications to other qualification frameworks. It does this by giving each qualification a level and a number of credit points. The level of qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show how much time it takes to achieve the qualification.

Below are a number of resources to help increase your knowledge of the SCQF framework, to help you help your child/young person plan the next stage(s) of their learning journey.

The level of qualification indicates the level of difficulty and the number of credit points indicate the length of time it takes to complete. (One SCQF level point represents an average of 10 hours of learning time). 

What is the SCQF Partnership?
  • The SCQF Partnership is the independent, charitable company set up to maintain and develop Scotland’s National Qualifications Framework. 
  • They work with a wide range of awarding bodies, professional bodies and other programme owners to ensure that a wide variety of learning is recognised on the Framework, for the benefit of learners of all ages and abilities.

The aims of the SCQF Partnership are to:

  • ensure that, where appropriate, all assessed learning and qualifications in Scotland are included on the Framework;
  • extend the recognition of informal and non-formal learning across our education and skill system;
  • develop and promote the Framework as a Lifelong Learning tool;
  • develop relationships with other frameworks internationally.

For more information see the link to SCQF website and the two PDF’s linked below: