The whole business of what is what, whose is valid, etc is all, to be quite frank, tosh. Please, all of you look at: http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/eqf_en.htm
I have advised people, accompanied people to universities in several countries and laughed in the faces of bureaucrats talking from where the sun does not shine. In all EU countries, indeed EEA and Switzerland as well, we have agreed equivalence at eight levels. I was told that here in France I was level six, despite two doctorates completed in my time, and asked the person telling me that to go to the EQF site there and then in my presence, which she did. Although she admitted she did not know about it, which in her position she should have as an academic registrar, she conceded I am level eight but would no go as far as an apology. So please look, absorb, print out in whichever language(s) required and attack.
Ian, somebody was pulling your leg or simply incompent about the phone call. Because of decades of experience of 'substitute' applicants from all over the world it is simply not allowed. If a Cambridge admissions tutor did that he or she would be replaced next year by election of a new one, if I ever heard of that I would phone a head of college or somebody at the admissions board and report it and end of a nice little number for a complete fool.
However, the point about Scotland is very valid (bit patriotic on my part although I did not study there) places like Edinburgh (22 on world table anyway), Stirling, Aberdeen and St Andies are brilliant...
Anyway, everybody please look at EQF and take it from there again.