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The national qualifications framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: a position paper

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Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
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Abstract

Promoting higher quality The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education TThhee nnaattiioonnaall qquuaalliiffiiccaattiioonnss ffrraammeewwoorrkk ffoorr hhiigghheerr eedduuccaattiioonn qquuaalliiffiiccaattiioonnss iinn EEnnggllaanndd,, WWaalleess aanndd NNoorrtthheerrnn IIrreellaanndd:: aa ppoossiittiioonn ppaappeerr Contents Background 1 Why is the framework for higher education qualifications being introduced? 1 Developing the position on the qualifications framework 2 The introduction of the framework 2 The principles underpinning the framework 3 The number of levels in the framework 3 Table 1: National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 6 Defining qualifications 7 Qualification descriptors 7 Descriptors of the defining characteristics of learning at each level 8 Credit definitions 8 Nomenclature issues 9 Comments on the position adopted by the Agency 9 Web site references 9 Annex 1 10 Questions and answers about the implementation and application of the framework 10 Annex 2 13 Qualification descriptors 13 Annex 3 17 Characteristics of learning at the levels of the framework 17 Annex 4 20 Nomenclature of higher education qualifications 20 Specific issues for consultation 21 Background 1 The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (the Agency) has the responsibility for putting into effect one of the central recommendations of the 1997 Dearing report on higher education: the construction of two inter-linked frameworks for higher education qualifications (one for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and one for Scotland). After two years of development and consultation, this work is now approaching its conclusion. 2 This paper sets out the position the Agency is minded to adopt as a basis for the establishment of a National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A parallel paper is being publishe

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