1 WOULD YOU CREDIT IT? //// /////////////// THE SCOTTISH CREDIT AND QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK (SCQF)
3 ///// The SCQF: Would You Credit It? WHAT IS THE SCOTTISH CREDIT AND QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK (SCQF)? The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership has developed the SCQF to encourage people to develop their skills and continue to learn throughout their lives. The aims of the SCQF are to: help people of all ages and circumstances to access appropriate education and training throughout their lives, so as to achieve their personal, social and economic potential; and help you understand: - the full range of Scottish qualifications; - how qualifications relate to each other and to other types of assessed learning; and - how different types of learning can help you improve your employees skills. Currently, the SCQF contains all of the standard Scottish qualifications, but there are also at least 250 other types of learning programmes on the SCQF which are owned by organisations such as: Microsoft; Scottish Police Force; Chartered Management Institute; Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland; and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. THE SCOTTISH CREDIT AND QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK SCQF Levels SQA Qualifications Qualifications of Higher Education Institutions Scottish Vocational Qualifications 12 DOCTORAL DEGREE HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD INTEGRATED MASTERS DEGREE / MASTERS DEGREE POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE HONOURS DEGREE GRADUATE DIPLOMA GRADUATE CERTIFICATE BACHELORS / ORDINARY DEGREE GRADUATE DIPLOMA GRADUATE CERTIFICATE DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION SVQ5 SVQ4 7 ADVANCED HIGHER SCOTTISH BACCALAUREATE HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION SVQ3 6 HIGHER 5 INTERMEDIATE 2 CREDIT STANDARD GRADE SVQ2 4 INTERMEDIATE 1 GENERAL STANDARD GRADE NATIONAL CERTIFICATE NATIONAL PROGRESSION AWARD SVQ1 3 ACCESS 3 FOUNDATION STANDARD GRADE 2 ACCESS 2 1 ACCESS 1 This Framework diagram has been produced to show the mainstream Scottish qualifications already credit rated by SQA and Higher Education Institutions, however, there are a diverse number of learning programmes on the Framework, which, due to the limitations of this format, cannot be represented here. For more information on other credit rated provision, please visit the SCQF website at to view the interactive version of the Framework or search the database. scqf SCOTLAND S LIFELONG LEARNING FRAMEWORK /////
4 ///// ///// The SCQF: Would You Credit It? WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECOGNISED ON THE SCQF? By having the training and learning programmes you provide placed on the SCQF, you are recognising your employees achievements. Your employees will be able to see where the training and learning they have carried out sits within the Framework, which will help them and you identify how they can continue to develop their skills. Here are some other benefits of having the training and learning you provide on the SCQF. You receive national recognition for the training and learning you are providing, which you can use to promote your organisation and attract employees with the right skills. Your employees can plan their learning and gain more skills which will help them in their job. They will also receive recognition for what they have achieved. You will be able to plan and develop your training and development programmes. You can help employees achieve their potential and move on to work at a higher level. Your employees will feel encouraged to develop their skills, which will improve morale and loyalty to your organisation. Your employees will be better qualified and more productive. You can offer your employees recognised qualifications that meet the needs of your organisation. You are able to provide recognition for smaller pieces of learning of 10 hours or more. You can help relate your learning programmes to nationally recognised qualifications. If you support your employees and help them develop their skills, this will encourage them to stay with your organisation. You are able to show your customers that your learning programmes are nationally recognised. You can align your learning and training programmes with other frameworks across the UK and Europe. Having employees that are trained to the right level can boost your organisation s performance, and can improve your employees job satisfaction. This will encourage your skilled staff to stay with your organisation. You can use the SCQF to develop programmes that will help you do this.
5 ///// ///// WHAT S INVOLVED? First, have a chat with us and tell us more about the learning and training you would like to have recognised. We can then talk through the simple conditions that the learning and training needs to meet (for example, it needs to contain at least 10 hours of learning or training). We will guide you through the process of having your learning recognised on the framework. Any type of learning or training can be recognised on the framework, as long as it meets the conditions. This includes short learning or training programmes and work-based learning, including in-house company training. We will then suggest a few organisations to speak to who you can appoint to carry out the recognition process on your behalf. The organisation you decide to appoint will work closely with you throughout, so that you receive the appropriate recognition for your learning programme. Organisations charge for this service. As costs can vary, you might find it helpful to speak to a few organisations to compare their price and expertise. We offer free half-day seminars to help you understand how to prepare your learning and training programmes for the recognition process, and we recommend that you register for one of these seminars once you have decided to go ahead.
6 ///// ///// The SCQF: Would You Credit It? WHERE DO I START? Phone us on or us at We will be happy to chat with you and tell you more about the SCQF and the process of having your learning and training recognised on the Framework.
7 DON T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT... A range of private- and public-sector organisations have already had their learning programmes recognised by the SCQF. Here is what some of them have to say. MICROSOFT Working with the SCQF has enabled Microsoft to bring a formal recognition of its own certification system in terms of credit and level. This is valuable in that it brings together qualifications from the worlds of industry and academia, thus establishing a mutual parity to support the Scottish Government s skills strategy. In practical terms, those responsible for hiring IT professionals for industry vacancies now have, for the first time, a method of comparing different qualifications on applicants CVs. This will bring benefit to Microsoft, its tens of thousands of solution partners and hundreds of thousands of customers. - Derrick McCourt, Director, Microsoft Scotland YOUTH SCOTLAND The Youth Achievement Awards provide a framework to recognise and value young people s achievement regardless of the learning environment. Their value has increased dramatically through SCQF credit rating and levelling. This is evidenced by the increase in registrations to offer the awards, particularly from schools and colleges, since credit rating was completed in November Steven Grieg, Youth Work Manager, Youth Scotland SKILLSACTIVE We are delighted to have played our role in bringing Mountain Leader Training Scotland and the SCQF together. Qualifications are important in every walk of life and the national recognition that SCQF has now given to the Winter Mountain Leader Award shows even more that it is a qualification worth having and whoever holds it has a high level of skills and knowledge. We have known this award as the industry standard for many years but this gives it more recognition. Also those that hold it have a better understanding of where it sits in terms of levels of learning achieved. - Pam Scott, National Manager Scotland Sport and Recreation, SkillsActive SCOTTISH POLICE COLLEGE From the outset we saw the opportunities presented by the SCQF and have been enthusiastic in embracing all that the Framework offers. As an employing organisation the service wished to adopt a flexible approach to qualifications whether vocational or academic and the Framework provided that. - Assistant Chief Constable John Geates, Director, Scottish Police College
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