Scottish education system


Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework diagram

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is Scotland’s national qualifications framework.

The SCQF supports lifelong learning and can help:

  • People of all ages and circumstances to access appropriate education and training over their lifetime,
    so as to fulfil their personal, social and economic potential.
  • Employers, learners and the general public to understand the full range of Scottish qualifications.
  • How qualifications relate to each other and to other forms of learning, and how different types of qualification can contribute to improving the skills of the workforce.

The SCQF helps describe both programmes of learning and qualifications, support the development of
progression routes and maximise the opportunities to transfer credit points between qualifications.

The SCQF also helps to illustrate the relationships between Scottish qualifications and those in the
rest of the UK, Europe and beyond, which can clarify opportunities for international progression
routes and credit transfer.

For more information on the SCQF, visit the SCQF website or contact the team on 0845 270 7371.

For information on the SCQF level and credit points for learning programmes which have been
credit rated, search the SCQF database.