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Revising the English credit framework: survey now live

Date: August 13 - 2020

A survey on revisions to the Higher Education Credit Framework for England is now open.

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 programmes. It is not compulsory, but is used by many universities and colleges to award credit once a student has successfully completed a module in recognition of the amount and depth of learning achieved.

However, it was last updated in 2008. Since then, the higher education sector has changed significantly, with students accessing their learning in different ways, and a new regulatory environment in place in England.

The revisions will also ensure that it aligns fully with the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, which was itself revised in 2018.

The advisory group for the project is chaired by Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University. The group is exploring innovative ways to present how credit is used 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 are keen to hear from those who use credit, in particular those engaged in the design of courses, and consideration of credit transfer.

The survey closes on 8 September 2020. A background paper setting the context for the survey has also been published.