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Once a qualification has an SCQF level and credit points it attracts national and international recognition for the learners who achieve it.

A selection of courses offered by the Institute of Counselling are given an academic value in the form of credits and level through use of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). It is important for our students to appreciate what this means before embarking on their courses and whether or not this learning will suit their purpose.

Glasgow Caledonian University

A selection of our courses are accredited by Glasgow Caledonian University with between 30 - 120 credits (3rd year BA/BSc level), these particular courses specialise within a specific area of counselling. The Institute of Counselling also delivers a diploma programme, which is accredited by Glasgow Caledonian University with 120 credits. Please see our course list for further details.

What is the SCQF?

The SCQF is the official framework measuring academic merit in Scotland, comparing the wide range of Scottish qualifications. It covers achievements such as those from school, college, university, and many work-based qualifications. It does this by giving each qualification a level and a number of credit points. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show how much learning is involved in achieving that qualification. Each credit point represents an average of 10 hours of learning.


The SCQF can:

  • help you decide how you progress in your learning;
  • help you understand qualifications you are not familiar with;
  • help employers understand different types of qualifications and help with the development of your skills;
  • help colleges and universities identify the level that has been studied in a particular subject and make it easier to transfer credit points between different learning programmes; and
  • provide recognition of other areas of your learning that may contribute to your personal development and your goals for the future.

Who uses the SCQF?

All Scottish universities and colleges are now using SCQF levels and credit points to describe their courses, if these are included in the Framework. A wide range of other learning is also being recognised using SCQF levels and credits. Some employers are using SCQF levels instead of, or as well as, types of qualification when they advertise jobs.

How does the SCQF work outside Scotland?

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. The SCQF has been referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), meaning that there is now an easy way to compare the level of qualifications of the countries in Europe who have developed their own National Qualifications Framework. to see how this works click in the table(LHS) produced by the Quality Assurance agency for Higher Education

For more information on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, visit For information on the SCQF level and credit points for learning programmes which have been credit rated, search the SCQF database online

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