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Moving ahead with competence-based education - examples of institutional practice published

Date: October 24 - 2023

Competence-based education (CBE) is an innovative approach that emphasises learning through doing and the ability to see things from others’ perspectives and consider the whole picture. It encourages students to take a forward-facing approach to their studies and to think about how their intellectual, practical and social skills can be applied in the real world to make a positive difference.

QAA has today published case studies from three institutions (Coventry University, University of Hull, and Ulster University) who have successfully implemented competence-based education, providing real-world examples of excellent practices. Each is intended to help inspire colleagues to think about approaches that may be most suited to their own institutional contexts and strategies.

The case studies complement our Competence-based Education Primer, which offers guidance for providers looking to develop and deliver competence-based education, and an annotated bibliography that includes links to other useful resources.

Dr Ailsa Crum, QAA’s Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement & Standards, said: ‘Competence-based education has the potential to be a force for good, transforming how we consider higher education and providing students with a more future-focused learning experience. Our publications provide essential information for institutions looking to progress CBE and work effectively with professional, statutory and regulatory bodies in doing so.’

QAA Members can access the competence-based education case studies, primer and annotated bibliography on a dedicated page on our Membership Resources Site. Sign up to use the site by completing our short registration form