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Know your Nationals from your Highers

Finding the right candidate for the job can be challenging when there are so many different qualifications out there. Learn about qualifications old and new with these handy tools.

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Find information on qualifications in Scotland and further afield, including interactive tools for specific sectors and industries.

Learn more about National qualifications

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

The SCQF is designed to help you and your employees understand and compare qualifications available in Scotland. The SCQF Partnership also offers advice and support to employers through a range of resources and free workshops. You can also check out this Employer's Guide to the SCQF.

Hiring someone from outside Scotland

Want to employ someone not educated in Scotland? Refer to this guide to compare qualifications in the UK and Europe.

Qualifications in your sector - an easy search

This interactive tool from the SQA lets you browse qualifications for some key sectors in Scotland.