HEQF Review - Comments. Private Providers 25 September 2012. HEQF Review. Received public comments – SAQA – DHET Not sure when will be gazetted – implications. Extensive revision to the HEQF not indicated
25 September 2012
Biggest problem is articulation across the Frameworks and the confusion around how QCTO qualifications and HE qualifications relate to each other, also WIL.
Three broad pathways in HEQF welcomed but also given rise to a concern that QCTO may appropriate the vocational and professional pathways in HE
Concern about confusion at Level 5 with multiple qualifications there, but support for the Higher Certificate being in HEQF. How relate to Further Certificate of Umalusi?In general
240-credit Diploma at level 5 (from Health and Skincare, but some happy with 360-credit Diploma)
Nothing about BTech, but some worry about resource implications of “extra” year for Diploma students
Graduate Diploma at Level 9
Joint degrees – affirm the right etc.
Higher Doctorate Ok, different qualification?
Professional body qualifications not included e.g. FASSETHEQF-related issues
Including the 240-credit diploma welcomed, but concerns from Adult Education about former articulation to a Level 7 qualification (AD) no longer possible, and concerns about the QA of the 120 credits of workplace-based learning to get to Advanced Diploma. Worry about the name.
One or two institutions wanting some embedded qualifications but at different levels: certificate in diploma, and PG Dip in Masters. One or 2 worries about 50:50 rule.
MBA – SABSA, and one or two institutions– want at level 9 with changed admission requirements, some implicitly saying that content wise not at level 9Other issues
The three broad progression routes welcomed
Change in types of degree
Dropping of 60 credits at level 7 for DiplomasPositives
The professional designation required for a 240-credit Diploma – what if professional body not recognised in that field?
Role of professional bodies not recognised while they are in the Umalusi framework
Broader definition of WIL welcomed, but concern about the quality assurance thereof and different definitions.
Professional Masters – in relation to funding and parity of esteem, but not in relation to inclusion of such.
Differing views on Professional Doctorate – most happy, some very strong concerns.Concerns
Mandates of QCs clearly delineated, clear differences specified between higher education qualifications and occupational qualifications
Retain Higher Certificate on HEQF for now
Keep diploma name for 240-credit qualification at level 6, work out 120-credits in practice
Not include a 240-credit diploma at level 5
Keep professional Masters and Doctorates but add further specification through standards process and allied documentation
MBA at level 9 with amended admission requirements – 1st professional Ms?Recommendations