Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies (Qualifications Frameworks) are part of the Quality Code - Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards.
There is one framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and a separate one for Scotland. Both are combined in the one publication.
The Qualifications Frameworks describe the achievement represented by higher education qualifications. They apply to degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic awards granted by a higher education provider with degree awarding powers.
The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies (Qualifications Frameworks)
The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) The Framework for Qualifications of Higher Education Institutions in Scotland (FQHEIS)
The FQHEIS forms part of the wider
Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (opens in new window).
Verification of the Compatibility of the FHEQ with the FQ-EHEA (PDF 507 KB)
The Bologna Process in Higher Education: Compatibility of the FHEQ with the FQ-EHEA (PDF, 47 KB)
Verification of Compatibility of the FQHEIS with the FQ-EHEA: Report of the Scottish Working Group (PDF 592 KB)
The Bologna Process in Higher Education: Compatibility of the FQHEIS with the European Higher Education Area (PDF 102 KB)
Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries: Guide to Comparing Qualifications in the UK and Ireland (PDF, 441 KB)
Description of Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (PDF, 435 KB)Please note that the regulatory landscape for England is changing in 2017-18; Northern Ireland will make a decision about participation in some of those changes. This description will be updated once full details of the new approach are available. The regulatory landscape in Wales has changed and the descriptor will be updated to reflect those changes. There is a separate descriptor for Scotland. For further information in the meantime, please contact QAA.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Southgate House, Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1UB Tel: +44 (0)1452 557000