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):
SQA National Units, courses and group awards
Higher Education (HE) qualifications
Scottish Vocational Qualifications
Diploma of HE
Certificate of HE
Credit S Grade
Intermediate 1/ General S Grade
Access 3/ Foundation S Grade
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.