Aims of the SCQF
The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership promotes lifelong learning in Scotland. Through the Framework (see interactive diagram) you can gain a better understanding of qualifications in Scotland and plan your future learning. The Framework supports everyone in Scotland, including learners, learning providers and employers, by:
helping people of all ages and circumstances access appropriate education and training so they can meet their full potential;
helping 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.
What are the benefits?
The Framework helps you better understand the courses and programmes that lead to qualifications;
It helps you plan your learning and develop 'progression routes' to follow; and
It allows you to make the most of the opportunities to transfer credit points between qualifications thus avoiding repetition of learning.
The Framework also provides an extremely important way of recognising different types of learning in a wide range of settings - for example, learning in the workplace or in the community.
How does it work?By using two measures, the level of a qualification or learning programme and the number of Credit Points awarded, the Framework helps you understand and compare the various Scottish qualifications. The level of a qualification indicates the level of difficulty and the number of credit points indicates the length of time it takes to complete. One SCQF credit point represents an average of 10 hours of learning time.