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Characteristics Statements

Characteristics Statements describe the distinctive features of qualifications at particular levels within the Qualifications Frameworks. They describe the qualifications in terms of their purpose, general characteristics and generic outcomes, but do not include subject level detail.

New Characteristics Statement


Higher Education in Apprenticeships Characteristics Statement

Publication Date: 01 Aug 2019

The Characteristics Statements below 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.

Doctoral Degree Characteristics Statement

Publication Date: 10 Sep 2015

Foundation Degree Characteristics Statement

Publication Date: 10 Sep 2015

Master's Degree Characteristics Statement

Publication Date: 10 Sep 2015

Qualifications Involving More Than One Degree-Awarding Body

Publication Date: 03 Oct 2015

Other Resources

Quality Assuring Higher Education in Apprenticeships: Current Approaches

Publication Date: 13 Jul 2018

This document is also available in Welsh


Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers

Publication Date: 11 Apr 2018

Guides for Higher Education Providers for Effective Practice in Examining and Assessing in a Language other than the Language of Tuition

Publication Date: 22 Jan 2018

​Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries: Guide to Comparing Qualifications in the UK and Ireland

Publication Date: 25 Sep 2019

Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education - How to Address Contract Cheating, the Use of Third-Party Services and Essay Mills

Publication Date: 09 Oct 2017

Plagiarism in Higher Education - Custom essay writing services: an exploration and next steps for the UK higher education sector

Publication Date: 20 Aug 2016

Education for sustainable development: Guidance for UK higher education providers

Publication Date: 05 Jun 2014

Explaining contact hours: Guidance for institutions providing public information about higher education in the UK

Publication Date: 11 Aug 2011

Contact hours: a guide for students

Publication Date: 11 Aug 2011