ERIC Number: ED404510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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FEDA's 2020 Vision: Why We Need a Credit-Based Qualifications System.
Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
A credit-based qualifications system within the framework proposed in the Dearing "Review of Qualifications for 16-19 Year Olds" could enhance the United Kingdom (UK) qualification system in the 21st century. The United Kingdom currently has over 14,000 qualifications and more than 100 awarding bodies, which makes it difficult to compare qualifications and address areas of overlap and duplication. The key steps in building a credit framework are as follows: (1) each qualification/award will consist of units, where each unit is an agreed set of learning outcomes; (2) all units will be assigned to one of four levels within the post-14 education system (and three levels for higher education and professional qualifications); and (3) the "credit value" of units will be formed by coordinating the notational learning time set for learners to achieve each unit's learning outcomes. The value and level of units achieved by learners will be indicated on a nationally recognized credit transcript that could serve as the front sheet of the new National Record of Achievement and be used by admissions tutors and employers. The proposed credit-based qualifications system will offer important benefits to learners, education and training providers, employers, and the United Kingdom as a whole. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom