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Consultation launched on revised Higher Education Credit Framework for England guidance

Date: December 18 - 2020

The second edition of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England: Guidance on Academic Credit Arrangements in Higher Education in England is now open for consultation.

The Credit Framework is published by QAA and provides a benchmark for providers of higher education in England to reference when designing their degree and other higher education courses. The Framework is enabling and directive, rather than prescriptive, and is used by higher education providers to award credit once a student has successfully completed a module in recognition of the amount and depth of learning achieved.

QAA has been working with an advisory group drawn from across the sector to modify the credit framework to reflect changes to the higher education sector that have occurred since 2008 when the Credit Framework was last published.

The advisory group for the project is chaired by Professor Susan Rigby, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University. As well as setting out guiding principles on the use of credit and hosting the Framework table, the guidance also explores innovative ways of using credit in different contexts, offering examples of new developments and practice from across the sector, including how credit relates to degree apprenticeships, postgraduate study, non-traditional delivery and the design of micro-credentials.

We now wish to gather wider views from the higher education community and stakeholders in order to further shape the draft prior to final publication in spring 2021. We are keen to hear from providers who use credit, in particular those engaged in the design of courses, those that have articulation agreements for student mobility, and degree-awarding bodies that award credit.

Visit our Higher Education Credit Framework for England consultation web page to read the draft second edition of the Credit Framework and access our online response survey. The deadline for responses is Monday 8 February.