As a result of a three-year SCQF credit rating pilot for SVQs, we announced in 2010 that we would be dropping the word "level" from the SVQ level descriptor in the title of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) and that the title of an SVQ would be "SVQ 2 in Business and Administration at SCQF level 5".
At the same time, we advised that once all SVQs had been SCQF credit rated then the SVQ level would be dropped from qualification titles and that only the SCQF level would be specified in the SVQ title.
There are currently a very small number of qualifications still to be SCQF credit rated. As such, we have recently consulted with a broad range of stakeholders and having considered the feedback, we would like to confirm that we will implement this final change from 1 September 2016.
The implementation of the new titling convention is expected to remove potential confusion with the current multiple levels in qualification titles and to help foster promotion of the SCQF.
The current titling convention is: SVQ 2 Floristry at SCQF Level 5
The new titling convention will be: SVQ Floristry at SCQF Level 5
We have been actively seeking feedback from key stakeholders since October 2014 to determine the best way of implementing the change. This involved inviting comment from all Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs), Awarding Bodies (ABs), Colleges, a number of training providers and employers, and key organisations such as Scottish Government, SDS and SCQF Partnership. Taking this feedback into account, SQA's Accreditation Committee approved the following approach:
- The change to the SVQ title is to be applied at re-accreditation or extension stage and for all new SVQs from 1 September 2016.
- Awarding Bodies can either undertake the title change as a single activity or undertake the title change as a phased activity as is most appropriate to each organisation.
This importantly allows awarding bodies to manage the change as best suits them, as we were aware that a number of our awarding bodies will require a business case in order for software to be altered to accommodate the change. We will be more than happy to discuss with individual awarding bodies their requirements and assist with managing their different approaches.
SSOs will be required to implement this change in any UKCES project work which may take place in 2016/2017.
During October 2015 Awarding Bodies and Standard Setting Organisations will be provided with a list of SVQs where this change will be required during the remainder of 2016/2017.
We will provide this information annually to all relevant awarding bodies and standard setting organisations until titling conversion is completed for all SVQs.
Please take this opportunity to discuss this change with the relevant people within your organisation. We will come back to you in late October to find out more about how you intend to implement this change.
In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of the following Accreditation Managers, Peter Aird (0345 213 5242) or Amanda Laing (0345 213 5248).