Level Definitions

Policy and Guidelines

Level is used by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) to determine the standard of both courses and awards/qualifications. Further information is provided at http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/6487.html.

For taught courses, level provides an indication of the standard at which a particular course is taught and assessed. The available levels are 1, 2, 3, H (Honours), and M (Masters) and these equate to SCQF levels 7 to 11. The highest level is 12 (D) and refers to doctorate level study.

The University agreed the following standard terms to describe course levels:

Level 3 (SCQF 9) non Honours courses taught exclusively at Level 3
Level H (SCQF 10) courses taught for Honours (whether exclusively in year 3 or 4, or in both years 3 and 4)
Level M (SQCF 11) courses taught at masters level and courses taught in the 4th and 5th years of the five year enhanced undergraduate degrees such as MEng and MSci

Course levels on the new student system introduced in 2011, MyCampus, were built into course codes and reflected as numerical values 1 – 6, as the letters H (4), M (5) and D (6) could not be used.

Approval and Amendments

Approved by: Education Committee, 14 June 2004