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​​​​​QAA terms explained

This glossary explains terms that are frequently used in our work and publications.

Click on the appropriate letter(s) to find​​​ your required explanation.​

This glossary is also available in Welsh. Mae'r eirfa hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg​​.

  • good academic practice

    ​​Working with integrity, avoiding plagiarism and other forms of cheating.

  • good practice

    A process or way of working that, in the view of a QAA review team, makes a particularly positive contribution to academic standards and quality and is worthy of being emulated and disseminated more widely.

  • grade descriptors

    ​​Statements that define a level of achievement within a certain band of marks.

  • graduate

    ​​A person who has attained a bachelor's or higher degree.

  • graduate certificate

    ​​A higher education qualification at level 6 in The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, at level 6 in the Credit and qualifications framework for Wales, and at levels 9-10 in the Scottish credit and qualifications framework (9 for ordinary, 10 with honours). 

  • graduate destinations

    ​​The employment, continuing education or other occupations that graduates are pursuing after a certain time interval following the successful completion of their studies. Data is collected through the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

  • graduate diploma

    A higher education qualification at level 6 in The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at levels 9-10 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (9 for ordinary, 10 with honours).

  • graduation

    ​​The process of formally receiving a degree at a ceremony, not necessarily in person.