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European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

The EQF - European Qualifications Framework - is an overarching qualifications framework that links qualifications of different European countries together. This page provides information on the EQF and shows how its levels compare with some of the qualification frameworks used within the UK. 

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What is a qualification framework?

Qualification frameworks are designed to help you make informed decisions about the qualifications you need. Each framework has a set of levels from which you can identify clear progression routes.

The EQF acts as a translation device to make qualifications easier to understand across different countries and systems in Europe

What are levels?

The EQF has 8 levels, and the level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. Qualifications that share the same level:

  • are broadly similar in terms of the demand
  • can be very different in terms of content and duration.

How do EQF levels compare with other qualification frameworks?

The table below shows a rough comparison of the levels on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

EQF SCQF QCF
8 12 8
7 11 7
6 10/9 6
5 8/7 5/4
4 6 3
3 5 2
2 4 1
1 3 Entry Level 3
  2 Entry Level 2
  1 Entry Level 1
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