Borders College

Introduction to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) promotes lifelong learning in Scotland and is a way of comparing the wide range of Scottish qualifications and learning programmes. It covers achievements such as those from school, college, university, and the workplace.

It supports everyone in Scotland 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.

The SCQF helps describe both programmes of learning and qualifications, support the development of progression routes and maximise the opportunities to transfer credit points between qualifications.

The SCQF also helps to illustrate the relationships between Scottish qualifications and those in the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond, which can clarify opportunities for international progression routes and credit transfer.

For more information on the SCQF, visit or contact the team on 0845 270 7371.

For information on the SCQF level and credit points for learning programmes which have been credit rated, search the SCQF database at