Qualifications explained

All college courses are SQA certified.  With the North Highland College UHI, students have the opportunity to progress right up the qualifications ladder.  Start with one of our popular school-link courses and see where we can take you!

  • Level 4 is equivalent to National 4 or Standard Grade General level.
  • Level 5 is equivalent to National 5 or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2.
  • Level 7 is equivalent to Advanced Higher, Higher National Certificate, and first year of university.

See SQA's guide to the new qualifications: New National Qualifications

Vocational qualifications refer to work-related qualifications.  They are designed to enable the learner to acquire knowledge and skills that are required by the national occupational standards (NOS) to be able to perform a particular job.

See The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework below:

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