Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the SCQF?

    The SCQF helps you understand Scottish qualifications. It provides a way of talking about, and comparing, qualifications. This will help you make better choices about learning and help you progress. The SCQF brings together all the mainstream Scottish qualifications. It gives them credit points, which show how much learning has been achieved, and a level which shows how demanding the learning is.

  • Why does Scotland need a framework of levels and credits?

    There are many different qualifications – for example, Standard Grades, Highers, SVQs, HNC/Ds and Degrees – and the Framework is a way of showing how they relate to one another. It shows that qualifications are broadly comparable, but it does not mean they are equal. The SCQF supports the Scottish Government’s lifelong learning strategy and – now that there’s more mobility of learners and workers across the UK, Europe and internationally – qualifications frameworks are the method by which learning will be understood globally.

  • Do credits entitle me to study for another qualification or job?

    No. It’s up to the SQA and individual universities, colleges and academies to decide how relevant one piece of learning is to the programme of learning that you want to move to (this is called credit transfer). Employers are more likely to be interested in the level of your qualifications.

  • What other qualifications are in the SCQF?

    The SCQF aims to help people of all ages and circumstances to access appropriate education and training over their lifetime. It can cover learning that you do in the workplace and in the community. It already includes some non-mainstream qualifications, and this will continue over the next few years.

  • Is there help with choosing the right course?

    The Academy Staff  are available to discuss the right course to suit you. Call them on 0131 247 6760 or visit the Academy main office at 83 Princes Street Edinburgh EH2 2ER

  • How and when can I apply for a course?

    You can apply online, or by sending in the application form to Technical Academy Scotland, 83 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2ER.

    You can apply for your chosen course at any time.

  • What is the application process?

    All  courses require an interview.

    You can apply online, or by sending in the application form to Technical Academy Scotland, 83 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2ER.

    1.  You will receive an Application Acknowledgment Letter or an email if you applied online (Remember to check your Junk emails, as it may appear in there)

    2. An Interview Invitation or choice of Interview dates will be sent to you.

    3. Depending on the outcome of your interview you could be sent:

    • A Conditional Offer (Pending exam results), Unconditional Offer or Unsuccessful Letter.
    • Attached to your offer will be a slip to confirm if you wish to accept the offer or not – you must return this to the Academy as soon as possible, this will confirm your place on the course or will advise the Academy you do not wish to accept the offer.
    • The next stage will be your Induction Day this is normally close to the start of your course or the first day of your course, the Academy will advise you of the date.
  • What times are you open?

    The Academy is accessible throughout the year. If you are studying with us, then the Academy will be open on days and hours to suit you.

  • I have a disability. What help is available to me?

    Expert advice is available at the Academy and, if necessary, special arrangements can be made to support your learning. We can hold an informal interview to discuss your requirements.

  • Can I use the Academy library?

    Technical Academy Scotland holds the majority of its student resources on line.  Once you have been accepted on a course you will be given access to resources appropriate to your learning requirements.

  • I would like some careers guidance, including advice on progression opportunities. Is this available at the Academy?

    The Academy can help with this either by using our own professional staff or by arranging meetings with specialists.

  • How do I let staff know my views about the course?

    • You have the opportunity at all times to discuss with staff any matter relating to your course of learning.
    • Periodically we issue satisfaction surveys, and you will have structured discussions with your course leader.
    • Academy staff also attend programme boards and can raise your concerns.
  • What help is there to support my learning?

    The Academy  has learning resources including help with English, maths, study skills and IT. You will be introduced to these facilities during your induction week.

  • How can I find out more?

    If you have any questions or comments, please call us on 031 347 6760 or email

  • What are the advantages of an Apprenticeship?

    Getting qualified while on the job can also mean:

    • you work better and more effectively
    • it can set you up to move into new and better jobs
    • you get better pay
    • you get to experience new and different challenges
    • your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help you gain a qualification faster
    • you learn at your own pace and get support when you need it
    • better job security
    • you gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.
  • What’s the role of the employer?

    The employer will give you an induction into the company and your role. They provide on-the-job training and pay your wages. Each apprentice has a manager at work that will be responsible for helping you throughout your training.

  • What are the entry requirements of an Apprenticeship?

    Different Apprenticeships have different entry requirements. However the most important requirements are that:

    • You must be living in Scotland and not taking part in full-time education.
    • You must be aged 16 or over.
  • How does an Apprenticeships work?

    Within the Apprenticeship framework most training is now work based assessed, however training can include day release or block release attendance to cover underpinning knowledge elements (subject to Apprenticeship Framework requirements).

    Our Apprentice’s receive ongoing support and encouragement from their Trainer/Assessor, both during the workplace visits and during day/block release sessions if required (subject to Apprenticeship Framework).  An Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship enables the Apprentice to work towards achieving qualifications in their chosen specialism, relevant to their job role, which in turn will bring performance benefits back to the employer.

  • What are Functional/Core Skills Elements?

    English, Maths and ICT skills are important for any job. The Apprentice will develop these along with the skills needed to improve learning, performance and how to work with others. Assessment will be through a combination of observations and portfolio based evidence.  Feedback from employers and Technical Academy Scotland’s  delivery staff will also play an important part in helping to complete the Apprenticeship Framework.