The Qualification Frameworks set out the different levels of higher education qualifications and the requirements for each of these. There is one framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and a separate one for Scotland. Both are combined in one publication.


The Credit Framework provides guidance on how to use credit when designing programmes that lead to higher education qualifications.


These documents are currently being updated to bring them in line with the new Quality Code. Updated versions will be available on this page in due course.


The Frameworks for HE Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies

Publication Date: 03 Nov 2014

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies provide important reference points for higher education providers, assisting them in setting and maintaining academic standards. The frameworks are central to the Expectation in Chapter A1: The National Level of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education that degree-awarding bodies use external UK and European reference points to secure threshold academic standards across the higher education sector. The framework document will become a reference point for the purpose of reviews carried out by QAA from August 2015.

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Higher education credit framework for England

Publication Date: 15 Aug 2008

‚ÄčThe higher education credit framework provides guidance on the use of credit in the design of programmes leading to the main higher education qualifications awarded in England.

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