How are Credit and Level measured?

Credit is a currency for learning which can be used to compare learning and qualifications. You can build the credit you achieve towards a qualification or other learning aim.

Credit tells you how much learning you have gained within a certain amount of time, for example, from taking part in school courses, college courses or training courses.

Credits can be added together to make up whole qualifications. Gaining credit is dependent upon you completing certain assignments covering learning outcomes, such as practical work, essays, presentations, reports, portfolios, project work, exams or other.

Credits start from whatever level you are at and go all the way up to the top university level – Level 8 (Doctorate).

What is a Learning Outcome?

Learning Outcomes are the parts of the unit that outline what you will be able to do. They are always preceded by the words “the learner will” and will be followed by verbs such as: understand, know or be able to.

What are Assessment Criteria?

Assessment Criteria are the elements of a unit that demonstrate that you have achieved a piece of learning.
They are always preceded by “the learner can”.
The verb that follows this phrase gives an indication of your level of learning.
To achieve credit for your learning, you will be asked to complete assessment activities to show clearly what you have learnt. 
There are lots of different types of assessment e.g. questions and answers, projects, role play, practical demonstrations etc.  

What does an Awarding Organisation do?

At the simplest level, an awarding organisation has three key functions:
-To develop qualifications that fulfil a known industry need that means developing the structure, content (or syllabus) and assessment based on recognised standards approved by employers and Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and Standard Setting Bodies (SSBs).
-To provide external quality assurance and assessment of qualifications to its approved Centers by supporting qualification delivery, ensuring consistency and encouraging best practice. The awarding organisation ensures learners achieve the standard required by industry.
-To award certificates to each learner who successfully achieves a qualification only when the awarding organisation has ensured that the learner has met the criteria will they issue an official, recognised certificate.
Additionally, some awarding organisations offer a range of supporting services, tailored to the needs of their customers and the industries they serve.

What is  External

External verification is an integral part of the quality assurance arrangements.
External verifiers (EVs) are the key mechanism in the establishment and monitoring of recognised center status facilitating compliance with statutory regulation, the quality standards and the expectations of our qualification partners. EVs are required to visit centers and/or conduct desk-based reviews to monitor and report recognised center compliance with requirements and qualification specification criteria (developed in accordance with quality standards and appropriate legislation).

Who is LQ Education?

LQ Education is a global provider of British education.

We provide the complete education solution worldwide.

By working in partnership with Accredited Partner Centres and universities we provide students with affordable qualifications, from foundation through to degree, master's level and beyond

Are you an agent?

LQ Education is an independent global provider of British education qualifications. Accredited Partner Centres around the world deliver our programmes to their students.

What programmes do you offer?

LQ Education works in partnership with Awarding Bodies to offer a comprehensive portfolio of professional studies and academic programmes, which are designed to meet the career needs of business people and students from foundation through to master's level.

What is the LQ Education Degree Journey?

Each programme is a stand alone qualification, which leads directly to the next level programme.

Upon completion of each programme, students receive a certificate stating that they have passed the qualification. 

Accredited Partner Centers  can manage the complete life cycle of a student who embarks on the journey and by becoming accredited for programmes at every level, providing their students with a complete education.

What does course accreditation
actually mean?

Course accreditation is basically a system that checks that a course meets a set of standardised (by the Industry) criteria. With an accredited course you know that there is a system of checks being made by the moderators on the course provider to ensure that standards, procedures and materials are appropriate, fit for their purpose, up to date and regularly updated, and that there are systems in place to monitor and give feedback on student progress. What this means to business: Qualifications training helps staff to improve productivity and to be more competitive.
Training your workforce can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs. Employees tend to be eager, motivated and loyal to the company that has invested in them. 

How do I register?

Once you have decided on your programme from our range of qualifications, you will need to find an Accredited Partner Center to register with. By simply contacting the Accredited Partner Center you will be able to find out more information including the registration process, tuition fees, study methods available and most importantly how to get started!

Can I use existing evidence from courses undertaken before I registered as a learner?

Yes, you can use evidence of learning achieved prior to registration on your current course. The evidence should be relatively recent i.e within 2 or 3 years. Ask your tutor for advice on this.How long does it take to study each level of the International Degree Journey?
1st year - Diploma 2nd year - Advanced Diploma 3rd year top-up final year - BA/BSc (Hons) Students may also study part time - so it will take longer than a year.

Please contact your Accredited Partner Center to discuss the options available to you. They will have more detailed information on how they run the course including timetables and time scales etc.

What happens once I enroll?

Once you have enrolled with your Accredited Partner Center, they  will provide you with a unique ID number so you can access to the Education programme.

This tool provides you with access to help and guidance relating specifically to your programme. 

When can I start my programme? 

Following registration with your Accredited Partner Center, you will be advised on start dates for your programme by your center.



Can I run programmes for students full-time and part time?

LQ Education programmes are extremely flexible and can be delivered either full-time or part-time, to fit in with the needs of your centre and students.

How many teaching hours do I need to provide?

This will depend on the programme(s) you are running and whether they are being taught full or part-time.

We recognise that in different countries teaching methods and practises differ, therefore we provide flexible programmes which allow teaching hours to be tailored to suit the needs of your study center.

We provide a sample timetable and recommendations for each programme within the handbook.

For further advice please speak with a Business Development Manager.

What does Guided Learning Hours (GLH) stand for?

Guided Learning Hours refer to contact teaching hours.
They do not include private study or time spent taking an assessment.
GLH provide a useful indication for teachers and learners of the size of the qualification. To review the GLH which relate to each qualification and programme please refer to the individual qualifications specifications.

What are the benefits of delivering LQ Education programmes?

LQ Education provides you with the complete education solution:
Full Syllabi -
regularly updated to meet with new technologies and their business implications
All core training materials - comprehensive materials to support both lecturers and students
Support resources - containing full academic, administrative, marketing and online registration guidelines
Examinations - set by the Awarding Bodies' examiners
Marketing - assistance with marketing and student support
Conference and Events - the opportunity to attend our regional and international conferences; an excellent networking and learning platform
Support team - regional office support, Business Development Managers, regional Academic and Customer Service support.  LQ Education offers unrivalled ongoing support for all programmes, greatly reducing both preparation time and development costs, which will enable you to successfully run internationally recognised higher education programmes to a superior standard

What is accreditation and why is it needed?

Accreditation is the supportive process that assesses quality and suitability.
The following are the standard criteria which the course provider will need to demonstrate in detail when the course provider first applies for accreditation:
1. A clear statement of educational purpose
2. A management and staffing system which is well trained, qualified and aware of the standard criteria.
3. A clear and fair application procedure.
4. A clear and concise description of courses and awards offered to potential trainees; the institution endeavors to match trainees needs to their qualifications and experience.
5. A clear and consistent method of operation by its staff.
6. A desire to subject its courses to a rigorous inspection process which will be ongoing.
7. An ongoing staff development policy.
8. An ongoing course development policy.
9. Procedures for ongoing trainee support throughout their course and beyond.
10. Clear standards and procedures for the award of its certificates.

What is an accreditation visit?

Once you have completed the accreditation checklist and submitted the necessary information, we will then organise for an Academic Support Manager to perform a center accreditation visit.

The purpose of this visit is to ensure that you have all the necessary facilities and systems in place to deliver accredited courses.

How do I become an Accredited Partner Center?

To become an LQ Education Accredited Partner Center, all you have to do is follow our simple five movements process.

How long does the accreditation process take?

Our dedicated team of Accreditation Officers will work closely with a Business Development Manager to ensure that the accreditation process runs smoothly.

Generally, this process is completed within six to eight weeks. Upon successful completion of your accreditation, you will be sent a welcome pack containing a wealth of core programme and marketing materials.

You will also gain access to online support systems and be assigned your own personal support team, including academic, marketing and customer service support.

We will give you all the support needed to make our partnership a true success!

What facilities do I need to provide students with?

As part of the accreditation process, you will be expected to provide the following services for your students:
-The provision of a general library service -Access to all required textbooks
-Recruitment of qualified teachers
-Evidence of Academic and Professional Standards
-Ministry of Education or other approval
-Up to date IT equipment including modern hardware and software resources with internet access
-Provision of a general administrative area
-IT and administrative support within the centre
-A clear organisational structure

What academic support will I receive?

You will be provided with a personal Academic Support Manager who will provide ongoing academic assistance, advice and guidance that your center may require. 

They will provide you with practical advice and training on delivery and assessment of qualifications offered.

Your Academic Support Manager will ensure you meet the quality standards by conducting accreditation and periodic visits.

They will also carry out an annual review.

Your Academic Support Manager will also act as your intermediary in the moderation process.

Specifically, they will liaise with the moderators and monitor the moderation reports and performance of your center.

They will also provide feedback for each assessment cycle.

What student support services do you provide?

​We have a student services team to assist you in supporting your students.
The student services team will advise you on answering student queries relating to the programmes, assessment cycles and the results process.
We also provide you with a specific number and email address that you can give to your students if you wish us to advise them directly.

How much do your
qualifications cost to deliver?

Our Business Development team will consult with your center and create a bespoke offering to meet the needs of your center and the market you work in. To make an enquiry simply complete an expression of interest form.

Which universities
recognise your programmes?

Over 80 universities worldwide accept LQ qualifications as entry onto their degree programmes. Information on universities and the LQ qualifications they recognise can be found on our university recognition page. Full listings of universities and qualifications are available in our
universities Directory page

How do LQ qualifications
compare with university degrees?

​LQ qualifications are designed to provide the same educational value as a standard three year bachelor’s degree.
However, the providing qualifications are designed to allow students the flexibility to study for their bachelor’s degree in the way most suitable for them.
Unlike standard UK bachelor’s degrees we provide a stand-alone certificate or diploma at each stage of the degree journey.
This offers students a fantastic level of flexibility with their studies.​​


What are Professional Qualifications?

​Professional certification is a qualification awarded to a person for his/her ability to perform a job or a task in a work – related environment. A Professional qualification is always related to a specific job, occupation or trade and is nearly always industry based. Professional qualifications have an emphasis on the assessment of practical skills and knowledge ;
a way to demonstrate particular skills and understanding to an employer.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of Professional qualifications are innumerous, for both employers and employees. For the employee it is recognition of a job done well, not to mention the opportunity to develop new skills, in addition to increasing his or her employment opportunities. For the employer, qualifications provide an important way of assessing employee development.  Having a well trained workforce is of great value to any business and is far more likely to improve profitability.

Why are they useful?

Success in business means keeping up with technology and staying ahead of the competition.  To do that, you need skilled staff that know the job and understand business priorities. Globally, employers are recognising the economic and social responsibility of supporting their employees continuing Professional development.  In doing so, this motivates staff, creating a happier and more productive workforce.

How are they recognised?

Professional qualifications are delivered by registered training organisations, private providers and Professional divisions of internationally recognised universities. In recent years, the increasing need to meet current and future labour market demands has resulted in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). This has been developed to help link countries together, as well as creating a workforce that is mobile and flexible, resulting in a very effective qualifications system that has long term benefits for all.

Who are LQ Education qualifications

LQ Education qualifications are open to school students, senior middle school graduates, diploma holders and even working professionals, depending on the level of qualification you would like to study.

Who recognises Progression

• Over 80 universities worldwide
• Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
• Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). Department for Innovation, University and Skills DIUS)
• e-Skills UK sector skills council
• UK Council for Administration - cfa
• British Council - Education UK
• Study UK

What are the benefits of studying an
LQ Education programme?

• Internationally recognised British qualifications
• The programmes have a combination of academic and vocational aspects
• Students will gain the skills required by employers
• Increased international job opportunities
• Practical and relevant qualifications
• Share knowledge and information with
students from other centres and countries
•  Obtain a UK degree in an affordable way

Do the certificates issued in UK have the same weighting as certificates issued in other countries?

The certificates issued in UK have exactly the same value as those issued in other countries due to the global exam and moderation system.
How to apply to study at a UK University

If you currently hold an LQ qualification and wish to study at a UK university, click on the link below and apply directly through the
Universities Colleges Application Service (UCAS)

How are students assessed?

Students are assessed in English by coursework, local exams, global exams and practical projects.
Coursework and exams are marked by our partners Awarding Bodies.

Where can I find out more about assessment methods?

Your Accredited Partner Center will provide you with all the information relating to examination and assessments. 
If you have a query, please contact your Center directly, and they will be able to offer help and guidance.

Have I to do an exam at the end of my course?

Your tutor will decide the right type of assessment for you and your course.  
Very few courses are assessed using tests or exams.
The emphasis is on allowing you the best opportunity to display your skills.

What types of assessment evidence can be used? 

A wide range of evidence is acceptable. Ideally it should integrate into your learning and allow you to produce evidence as part of the learning experience. 
There are lots of different types of assessment e.g. questions and answers, projects, role play, practical demonstrations etc. all of which can be used to produce evidence of your achievement.

Why should I complete the assessment for my unit?

Accrediting learning not only celebrates your achievement but also proves that the learning has met a particular standard and is quality assured.

Standards are set against the European Qualifications Framework allowing the difficulty and “volume” of the learning to be measured and taken with you.

Why is credit important?

It could help you and other people such as potential employers, colleges, universities to understand the type of learning you have completed and what it is worth.  
Your learning is divided into small units and therefore you can build up credits when doing a specific course, programme of study, or practical learning and training.
If you find that the course you have started on and gained some credits for is not for you then you may be able to use or transfer those credits to another course. 
A credit based system will help you follow a particular training or study path.
Gaining credit for your learning can raise your confidence and motivate you to continue your achievements.
Credits can be taken from one place to another such as changing schools, colleges or workplace.

Where can I access accredited courses?

Courses can only be accessed through one of our recognised centres, each of which is quality assured. 
Our centers include colleges, training providers, hotels, trade associations, the voluntary sector, schools, and others. 

How can I apply for exemptions for
the Education programmes?

Your center will need to supply this request in writing with copies of all details of your previous qualifications, such as syllabi and any certificates issued. 
In some cases we may already be aware of programmes where exemptions can be given, and in these cases the process should be very short and simple.