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Definitions Of Levels Of Study

Definitions of Levels of Study

Higher Education: Education at SVQ level 4 or above, SCQF level 7 or above, for example HNC, HND, degree, postgraduate degree.

Further Education: Non school based education below SVQ level 4, SCQF level 7, i.e. below HNC level; non advanced post school education.

Vocational/Non vocational: A vocational programme is one primarily designed to prepare students for employment or a profession, by increasing their knowledge, skill or proficiency in related subjects. Non vocational is used for identifying leisure classes with no qualification and no vocational aim.

Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF):

SCQF levels

SQA National Units, courses and group awards

Higher Education (HE) qualifications

Scottish Vocational Qualifications

SCQF levels

12

Doctorate

12

11

Masters

SVQ 5

11

10

Honours degree

10

9

Ordinary degree

9

8

HND

SVQ 4

8

Diploma of HE

7

Advanced Higher

HNC

7

Certificate of HE

6

Higher

SVQ 3

6

5

Intermediate 2/

SVQ 2

5

Credit S Grade

4

Intermediate 1/ General S Grade

SVQ 1

4

3

Access 3/ Foundation S Grade

3

2

Access 2

2

1

Access 1

1



Postgraduates; Include doctorate, masters, postgraduate bachelors degrees, postgraduate diplomas or certificates, PGCE/PGDE and professional qualifications at postgraduate level

Higher degrees (research); Include doctorate, masters and postgraduate bachelor's degrees mainly by research.

Higher degrees (taught); Include doctorate, masters and postgraduate bachelor's degrees not mainly by research.

Other postgraduates; Include Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), Post Graduate Diploma in Education and all other postgraduate qualifications. Undergraduates; Include all HE qualifications up to degree level (SCQF level 9).

First Degrees; Include first degrees, first degrees with qualified teacher status, enhanced first degrees, first degrees obtained concurrently with a diploma and intercalated first degrees.

HNCs/HNDs; Include Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas.

Sub-degree/Other HE; Includes Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), professional qualification at undergraduate level, foundation courses at HE level, HND, HNC, NVQ/SVQ levels 5 and 4, diplomas and certificates at undergraduate level and other formal HE qualifications of less than degree standard.