SCQF in SQA Exam Certificates

Scottish Qualifications Certificates (SQC) will arrive by first class mail on TUESDAY 8 AUGUST.

With your SQA certificate you get a profile sheet which includes your SCQF Profile. Understanding the SCQF will help you to make sense of your exam certificate.

What is the SCQF?

The SCQF is a way of comparing Scottish qualifications. It covers the qualifications you will achieve at school, college and university, and many qualifications you may go on to achieve at work. It does this by giving each qualification a level and credit points. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. For example, one person may study a course at Intermediate 1 ( SCQF Level 4) and another at Higher (SCQF Level 6).
Both qualifications have 24 SCQF credit points but have different levels of difficulty. The credit points show how much you need to learn to achieve that qualification.

What is it for?

The SCQF makes it easier to describe, compare and understand qualifications. Before the SCQF, there was no easy way to compare different qualifications. Now it is easy to see that, for example, an Intermediate 2 is at the same level as a National 5. Most Scottish universities and colleges now use SCQF levels and credit points to describe their courses.

The SCQF can:

• help you make the right learning choices and understand qualifications you are not familiar with;
• help employers understand different qualifications;
• help universities or colleges identify the level that you have studied in a particular subject; and
• recognise other areas of your learning that can help your personal development and goals for the future.

More information and FAQs can be found here: http://scqf.org.uk/scqf-sqa-exams/

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