The process through which the qualifications regulators confirm that a qualification conforms to the requirements of the Official regulatory arrangements.
Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning
The recognition of previously gained experience, which can be checked and verified, and set against the demands of a new course with a view to arranging exemption from some of its content.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
The recognition of previously gained knowledge and skills, usually in the form of qualifications or credits, which may be used to gain remission for some of the content of a new course.
Approved Internal Verifier Status
Is the mechanism whereby awarding body approves named individuals to authorise the award of credit for specific courses / sectors at a Recognised Centre.
The process of making judgments about the extent to which a learner's work meets the assessment criteria for a unit or part of a unit. Formative assessment provides ongoing feedback to learners that can help them improve their performance / achievement during the remainder of a course. Summative assessment takes place at the end of a defined period of learning.
Statements that enable a judgment to be made about whether a learner has achieved the specified learning outcomes at a particular level.
Descriptions of the requirements a learner is expected to meet to demonstrate that a learning outcome has been achieved.
The person who assesses a learner's work Authenticity
A statement confirming that the work has been produced by the learner who is putting it forward for assessment. Where work has been produced as part of a collaborative effort an authenticity statement also confirms the learner's role in the work.
A qualification with a credit value between 1 and 12
Award of Credit
A certificate (electronic or paper-based) issued to an individual that recognizes their achievement.
A body recognized by the qualifications regulators against the requirements set out in these regulatory arrangements to award credits and qualifications.
A set of tasks that should be used to assess the unit. Individual tasks can be designed by the Centre, but these must use the benchmark assessments as a guide, and they must cover all of the assessment criteria.
Center or Centre
An organization or consortium accountable to an awarding body for the assessment arrangements leading to a qualification or units. It may operate across more than one organisation or site.
Center or Centre Recognition
A process through which a centre wishing to offer accreditation is confirmed as being able to maintain the required quality and consistency of assessment and comply with other expectations of the Awarding Organisation.
Certificate for a unit or qualification
A record of attainment of credit or a qualification issued by an awarding organisation
A qualification with a credit value between 13 and 36
The procedure by which an awarding body recognises the award of credit to learners and issues certificates.
A coherently organised learning opportunity through which learners may achieve credit awards.
Is a measure of the volume of achievement that a unit represents and is a means of recognising, measuring, valuing and comparing achievement. A credit is awarded to learners for the achievement of whole units. One credit has the notional value of 10 hours of learning.
The process of accumulating credit towards an identified target.
Reflects the complexity and / or the independence of learning. Each unit is unique and can exist a only one level. Entry Level provides a basis for progression to other learning programmes within the framework.
The process of using credit awarded in the context of one qualification or course towards the achievement requirements of another.
The measurement of notional time that a learner will take, on average, to achieve the learning outcomes of the unit. Credit value is calculated in terms of total learning time and can be made up of both contact and self study time.
Criterion Reference Assessment
The setting of an assessment where achievement is measured against approved assessment criteria
A qualification with a credit value of 37 or above.
Direct Claims Status
This provides a Recognised Centre the ability to make a direct claim for certification from an awarding body. It is only conferred on Recognised Centres which have Approved Internal Verifier Status and have robust internal quality assurance systems.
The end to end electronic assessment processes where ICT is used for the presentation of assessment activity and the recording of responses. This includes the end to end assessment process from the perspective of learners, tutors, learning establishments, awarding organisations, regulators and the general public.
The matching of levels of awards with each other, in order that realistic comparisons can be made nationally about levels of study.
European Qualifications Framework for Life Long Learning (EQF)
The EQF is a European wide framework of eight reference levels of learning, to which the National Qualification Frameworks of member states should be referred. It is intended that it will act as a means to compare the qualifications levels of different countries and different education and training systems.
Proof that a learner has achieved or is working towards the achievement of assessment criteria. Satisfactory evidence for all assessment criteria enables the internal verifier to confirm the award of credit.
Expiry date of a unit
The date a unit will cease to be part of the unit databank and after which the unit will become archived and learners can no longer be registered.
A form of independent assessment where the assessment tasks are set externally to the centre, and a learner's work is assessed by the awarding body.
A person appointed by an awarding body to review a particular area of provision, sector or subject delivered by a Centre, as part of the awarding body external quality assurance systems.
A point on a scale of performance used to differentiate achievement within a qualification
Guided Learning Hours
The number of hours of tutor supervised or directed study time required to deliver a unit or qualification
Assessment where the assessment tasks are set and the learner's work is assessed, within the learner's centre, subject to external verification.
An individual appointed by the Centre to ensure the standard of quality assurance within a Centre and particularly to ensure
accurate and consistent standards of assessment, between assessors operating within the centre.
A student, trainee, or any other participant on a course Learner achievement record An authoritative record of all credit and qualification achievements made by an individual learner
A statement which clearly identifies what the learner will know, understand, or be able to do on completion of the learning process.
The facilities offered by an organisation which provide the support necessary for a learner to achieve the outcomes of a
An indication of the relative demand, complexity and / or depth of achievement, and / or the autonomy of the learner in demonstrating that achievement.
The description or definition of a level.
Units that must be achieved in order to meet the requirements of a Qualification, which are specified in the rules of combination for a qualification.
The relationship between one piece of learning and another that highlights equivalence between them and / or opportunities to demonstrate additional skills.
An award made to a learner for the achievement of the specified combination of credits, or credits and exemptions, required for that award.
A detailed statement defining the purpose, content, structure and assessment arrangements for a Qualification
A commitment by a provider regarding the quality of all aspects of their provision including, preparation, delivery, assessment, documentation and certification.
Reasonable steps which are approved in advance of assessment to ensure that candidates with either a permanent long-term disability or learning difficulty, or a temporary disability, illness or indisposition is not put at a disadvantage in comparison to a person without such a disability or difficulty.
Recognition of prior learning
A method of assessment that considers whether a learner can demonstrate that they meet the assessment criteria of a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already posses and do not need to develop through a course of learning.
Regulatory Bodies (for qualifications)
Government designated statutory organisations required to establish national standards for qualifications and secure compliance with them.
Reliability of assessment
The extent to which assessment results are an accurate measurement of a learner's achievements against the requirements of a unit - reliable assessment repeatedly produces the same outcome without inherent bias or variability in the assessment instrument.
Rules of combination
A description of the credit accumulation requirements for the achievement of a named qualification.
Sectors have been developed to categorise qualifications for use across relevant education agencies and bodies
Procedures implemented at the time of an assessment to allow attainment to be demonstrated by learners who have suffered from temporary illness, injury or indisposition at the time of assessment.
Standardisation of assessment
A process to ensure that the assessment criteria for a Qualification, unit or part of a unit are applied consistently by assessors and verifiers. Standardisation can be carried out within Centres as well as across Centres.
Those learners whose needs a course is primarily intended to meet.
Trainer, lecturer, or facilitator of a course.
Unique learner number
The unique number that is used to identify an individual learner
A unit is the smallest part of learning that can be accredited in it's own right. A unit has an explicit and coherent set of outcomes which describe what a learner will be able to do along with appropriate assessment criteria, credit value, level and title and unique unit identification code. Units may be designed as part of a qualification or be independent. Units do not have to be taught or delivered as discrete entities.
Validity of assessment
The fitness of purpose of an assessment tool or scheme - valid assessment gives an accurate measurement of what it is supposed to measure.