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Qualification Frameworks and Specifications The European Qualifications Framework. Ken Currie CAPDM Godollo, September 2013. This Talk. An introduction to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) An National example The Scottish Qualifications Authority How they relate

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qualification frameworks and specifications the european qualifications framework

Qualification FrameworksandSpecifications The European Qualifications Framework

Ken Currie

CAPDM

Godollo, September 2013

this talk
This Talk
  • An introduction to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • An National example
    • The Scottish Qualifications Authority
  • How they relate
  • Implications for SME2
the eqf
The EQF
  • A non-binding recommendation of the European Parliament Council 2008
    • Provides a common reference framework as a translation device between different qualifications systems and their levels
    • Complements ECTS, Europass, Erasmus
      • national qualifications systems to relate to the EQF by 2010
      • A requirement of all Member States in 2012?
key recommendations
Key Recommendations
  • a reference tool to compare the qualification levels of different systems
  • all new qualifications refer to an appropriate EQF level
  • use an approach based on learning outcomes when defining qualifications
  • promote the validation of non-formal and informal learning, and hence LLL
it does not
It does not ...
  • describe specific qualifications
    • Specific qualifications are mapped to the appropriate EQF level through National qualifications systems or Authorities
an example the sqa
An Example: the SQA
  • The Scottish Qualifications Authority
    • The only accrediting body for Schools and Further Education in Scotland
    • does not accredit Higher Education
      • Our universities are granted a charter by the Government
qualifications framework
Qualifications Framework
  • 12 Levels in Scotland; 8 in Europe
    • See http://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/readyreckoner.html
qualifications
Qualifications
  • Higher National Certificates/Diplomas
    • Designed to meet the needs of employers both locally and nationally
    • Large range of subjects
  • Vocational Qualifications
    • Modern Apprenticeships, Scottish VQs
higher national award
Higher National Award
  • Made up of HN Unit credits, at level 7/8 (Level 5 EQF)
    • one credit = 40 hours timetabled learning
  • HN Certificates =12 credits
    • usually takes one year to complete
  • HN Diplomas = 30 credits
    • usually takes two years to complete
arrangement documents
Arrangement Documents
  • HNC/Ds specified by an Arrangement Document – a validation document
    • information about the Award
      • its aims
      • guidance on access
      • details of the Award structure
      • guidance on delivery
hn courses
HN Courses
  • Courses have a formal specification
    • Purpose
    • Credit points and level
    • Core skills
    • Context for delivery
    • Assessment of Outcomes
    • Outcomes themselves
summary
Summary
  • Formal structures & Specifications
    • Quite demanding, as SME2 found out
  • All courses accredited through the SQA, at a point on the SCQF automatically ‘levelled’ in the EQF