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Scotland’s new National Qualifications are preparing young people for the workplace

SQA’s new National Qualifications are now being taught in schools and colleges across Scotland and will soon replace the existing National Qualifications you may already be familiar with.

The table shows what to look out for on CVs and application forms:

The new qualifications have a greater focus on developing skills and ensuring that young people can use their skills beyond the classroom. Learners will develop practical skills like data collection, literacy, numeracy and team-working; Core Skills like communication, ICT and problem solving; and Skills for Learning, Life and Work such as employability, independent thinking, and enterprise and citizenship.

New subjects have also been introduced; such as Lifeskills Mathematics, which focuses on the areas of finance, statistics, data management, measurement and geometry. Lifeskills Mathematics is available at National 3, National 4 and National 5 and is set at the same level of difficulty as traditional Mathematics courses.


Employers can look forward to recruiting young people who have developed the knowledge, skills and experience needed for the modern workplace.

For more information, visit www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforemployers