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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​​.

  • learning opportunities

    The provision made for students' learning, including planned study, teaching, assessment, academic and personal support, resources (such as libraries and information systems, laboratories or studios).

  • learning outcomes

    What a learner is expected to know, understand and/or be able to demonstrate after completing a process of learning.

  • level (qualification level)

  • level descriptor

  • limited confidence judgement

    See under confidence judgement.​
  • listed bodies

    UK organisations that do not have the power to award their own degrees but which provide full courses leading to a degree of a recognised body.