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Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

City & Guilds is a recognised Credit Rating Body in Scotland, this means we can develop our own credit rated qualifications and training programmes and place them on the SCQF. We work closely with the SCQF Partnership to ensure our credit rated provision is maintained to their standards and support the endeavours of the framework.

We work with Scottish colleges, training providers, employers and Scottish subject-matter experts to develop and maintain our SCQF provision. We develop our qualifications in line with the requirements of the SCQF quality model and ensure their alignment with the needs of Scottish learners, providers and employers.

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The SCQF is Scotland’s national qualifications framework, designed to support lifelong learning by:

  1. Helping 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.
  2. Enabling employers, learners and the public to understand:
    • the full range of Scottish qualifications
    • how qualifications relate to each other and to other forms of assessed learning
    • how different types of qualifications can contribute to the development and utilisation of the skills of the workforce
    • how Scottish qualifications relate to qualifications in other countries
    • how using SCQF Level Descriptors can assist with qualifications development and benchmarking skills and experience in all sectors.
  3. Providing a framework which can support the aims of fair work and social justice by ensuring that it provides tools and resources which can recognise prior learning, support progression and improve social inclusion.

To be placed on the SCQF learning programmes must go through a consistent process of credit rating, used by all credit rating bodies.

What’s credit rating?

  • It is the process (or set of interconnected processes) used to ensure the appropriateness, quality and integrity of a learning programme.
  • SCQF credit points and an SCQF level are allocated to each constituent part (e.g. a module or unit) and to the programme as a whole.
  • There are two types of credit rating activities: internal and third party.
    1. Internal - Learning programmes or qualifications are developed by a credit rating body, who can credit rate its own provision according to the credit rating process. This is the type of credit rating we focus on.
    2. Third Party – Learning programmes are developed by a ‘submitting organisation’ who then engage a credit rating body to credit rate and submit their provision onto the SCQF on their behalf.

Not all credit rating bodies can credit rate third party provision and, when they do, a formal contract is created between the ‘submitting organisation’ and the credit rating body to ensure the consistent delivery of the submitted programmes in line with the requirements of the SCQF.

Key benefits of SCQF provision

  • The ability to award level and credit points with potential comparability across providers in Scotland, UK and beyond.
  • Formal recognition for programmes both in terms of level and credit points and quality assurance.
  • Recognition for learners/employees/members for learning and training undertaken.
  • Reference to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
  • Learner/employee mobility.
  • The ability to identify progression pathways and links to other organisations.

See how Scottish qualifications compare with each other within the SCQF >

More fundamentally, the SCQF allows everyone in Scotland to understand qualifications in order to access appropriate education and learning. The framework gives clarity and equality to learning, allowing everyone in Scotland to progress and achieve at their own pace. It also provides tools and resources to allow employers to develop a skilled workforce.

The SCQF is also the tool which allows recognition of all learning achieved by individuals (recognising prior learning). The more informal and non-formal learning that is recognised, the less learning needs to be repeated unnecessarily, which is good for individuals, employers and the Scottish economy.

More information

To find out more about the benefits or the SCQF, how it operates in Scotland and relates to other frameworks around the world, visit the SCQF website, where you can find:

  • Resources for learners, employers, education providers and carers
  • Video clips, case studies and details of any upcoming workshops or events.

View below for our list of City & Guilds and ILM qualifications which feature on the SCQF.

Business Support Skills

Business Support Skills qualification type is SVQ.

Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and Mentoring qualification type is vocational.

These qualifications are created by ILM, a City & Guilds Group business. The links below will take you to the ILM website.

Construction and Building

Engineering and Transport

Enterprise and Small Business

Enterprise and Small Business qualification type is vocational.

  • SCQF Level 9 Diploma in Business and Enterprise – (8155)

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy qualification type is vocational & SVQ.

Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality and Catering qualification type is vocational & SVQ.

Management and Leadership (Generic)

Processing and Manufacturing

Processing and Manufacturing qualification type is SVQ.

Teaching and Supporting Learners

Teaching and Supporting Learners qualification type is vocational.

  • Master Professional Practitioner Award - Masters in Education at SCQF Level 11 – (4435)

To find out more information about what each unit of the award entails and how many SHE M points they are worth, view the Programme Structure.

Cost of the course

Unit 1 fully funded by the Scottish government*.
Unit 2 part funded £1,000 by Scottish government £2,000 funded by the learner*.
Unit 3 £1,000 funded by Scottish government £1,000 funded by learner*.

*If funding still available.
Only available for fully qualified teachers in Scotland.

How to apply

Please email for an application form.

Travel, Tourism and Aviation

Travel, Tourism and Aviation qualification type is SVQ.