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LIFELONG PARTNERS: SCOTLAND'S SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS OF A LIFELONG LEARNING SOCIETY: A Strategy for Partnership

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ANNEX D

SCOTTISH CREDIT AND QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK

1. It is important that qualifications gained in schools and colleges are commonly understood. The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework ( SCQF) helps promote lifelong learning by showing how most qualifications offered by Scotland's schools, colleges and universities, and in community-based settings relate to one another in terms of level and volume of study. SCQF provides a reference point when providers are mapping and planning provision. The SCQF provides guidance to learners by helping them identify their appropriate starting point, showing the progression routes available to them.

2. The framework is made up of twelve levels with Level 1 aiming to meet the needs of those who may have profound learning difficulty through levels of increasing demand to Doctorate qualifications at Level 12. Levels 1 to 7 represent the range of qualifications relating to school/college partnership. Qualifications are placed on a level depending on the complexity of the following generic outcomes of learning which underpin subject specific content: knowledge and understanding; practice (applied knowledge and understanding); generic cognitive skills (evaluation, critical analysis, problem solving); communication, numeracy and IT skills; autonomy, accountability and working with others. Development of these core skills aids progression whether into further study or employment.

3. The amount of assessed learning undertaken at any level is recorded through the allocation of credit points. One point is awarded for every notional ten hours of learning taking account of both class based and additional activity. Learners will receive certification giving a profile of their learning that can be used when applying for entry to the next stage in their learning pathway. Programmes placed on the same level make comparable demands on learners but may not have the same purpose, content or outcomes.

SCQF Level

Qualification

SCQF Credit Points*

12

Doctorates

540

11

Masters

600

SVQ 5

Not yet firmly allocated

10

Honours Degree

480

Graduate Diploma

120

9

Ordinary Degree

360

Graduate Certificate

60

8

Higher National Diploma

240

Diploma in Higher Education

240

SVQ 4

Not yet firmly allocated

7

Advanced Higher National Unit

8

Advanced Higher National Course (4 units)

32

Higher National Unit

8

Higher National Certificate

96/120

6

Higher National Unit

6

Higher National Course (4 units)

24

SVQ 3

Not yet firmly allocated

5

Intermediate 2 National Unit

6

Intermediate 2 National Course (4 units)

24

Credit Standard Grade

24

SVQ 2

Not yet firmly allocated

4

Intermediate 1 National Unit

6

Intermediate 1 National Course (4 units)

24

General Standard Grade

24

SVQ 1

Not yet firmly allocated

3

Access 3 National Unit

6

Access 3 National Cluster (3 units)

18

Foundation Standard Grade

24

2

Access 2 National Unit

6

Access 2 National Cluster (3 units)

18

1

Access 1 National Unit

6

*Credit points measure volume of activity