Annual Population Survey in Scotland 2007: A Compendium of Labour Market Statistics


Table 38: Highest qualification allocation to SVQ levels and SCQF levels

Highest Qualification Obtained

SVQ Level

SCQF Level

Higher degree


11 to 12

NVQ level 5

First degree/foundation degree

Above 4 / Degree

9 to 10

Other degree

NVQ level 4

Diploma in higher education

HNC, HND, BTEC etc higher

Teaching, further education

Teaching, secondary education


7 to 8

Teaching, primary education

Teaching, level not stated

Nursing etc

RSA higher diploma

Other higher education below degree

NVQ level 3

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

GNVQ/ GSVQ advanced

A-level or equivalent

RSA advanced diploma

OND/ ONC/ BTEC/ SCOTVEC National etc



City & Guilds Advanced Craft/Part 1

Scottish 6 year certificate/ CSYS

SCE higher or equivalent

Access qualifications

AS-level or equivalent

Trade apprenticeship

NVQ level 2

Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate

GNVQ/ GSVQ intermediate

RSA diploma



City & Guilds Craft/Part 2

BTEC/ SCOTVEC First or General diploma etc

O-level, GCSE grade A*-C or equivalent

NVQ level 1


1 to 4

GNVQ/ GSVQ foundation level

CSE below grade 1, GCSE below grade C

BTEC/ SCOTVEC First or General certificate

SCOTVEC modules

RSA other

City & Guilds foundation/Part 1

YT/ YTP certificate

Key skills qualification

Basic skills qualification

Entry level qualification

Other Qualifications




An adult learner is someone aged 16 and over who has done some taught and/or non-taught adult learning over the last year.

Taught adult learning: taught courses that were meant to lead to a qualification; taught courses designed to help develop skills used in a job; courses, instructions or tuition in driving, playing a musical instrument, art or craft, sport or any practical skill; evening classes; learning involving an individual working on their own from a package of materials provided by an employer, college, commercial organisation or other training provider; other taught course, instruction or tuition.

Non-taught adult learning: studying for qualifications without taking part in a taught course; supervised training while doing a job; time spent keeping up-to-date with developments in one's work or profession e.g. by reading books or attending seminars; deliberately trying to improve one's knowledge about anything or teach oneself a skill without taking part in a taught course.


Respondents in the LFS who are of working age and who are not still at school or on government training programmes which are 'college-based programmes' are asked whether they received any job-related training or education in the last four weeks and the last 13 weeks.