Changes to SVQ qualification titles

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has introduced a titling change to Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ).

Your learningChanges to titles began on 1 September 2016, however it is important to note that not all SVQ titles automatically changed from that date. The change will be gradual and SQA Accreditation, which is part of the SQA, expects it will take a number of years before all SVQs reflect the new titling convention.

What does this mean for me?

The SVQ level will no longer be part of qualification titles and only the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) level will remain, for example:

SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 7 is now:

SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 7
SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 7.

Does this change my qualification?

Removing the SVQ level makes no difference to the qualification. The structure, value and vocational competence of each certificated SVQ will remain the same. It is the way they are recorded that has changed.

Why change the titles?

The SQA has changed the titles:

  • to promote knowledge and understanding of the SCQF
  • to remove potential confusion with multiple levels in qualification titles.

What is the SCQF?

The SCQF is Scotland’s national framework which aims to help learners, employers and others to understand the range of Scotland’s qualifications. With greater use of the SCQF and the increasing number of qualifications and learning programmes it is important that learners, employers and others are clear about qualification titles. For more information on the SCQF visit

For more information on SQA accreditation visit

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