Principles for including certificates and degrees into the Qualifications Framework

This page describes the principles applied when setting up the qualifications framework in 2010.

The inclusion of certificates and degrees into the Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning is based on an assessment of the learning outcomes that the individual degree/certificate documents in relation to the framework’s level descriptors.

The assessment is to be based on one of the two following principles:

Full fit

The learning outcomes must completely correspond to the level descriptor for a given level in terms of knowledge, skills and competence. This principle is applied when placing degrees and certificates at levels 6-8 in the Qualifications Framework and when placing degrees in the higher education system at level 5 (the Academy Profession degree and VVU degree).

Best fit

The learning outcomes must in general, in terms of knowledge, skills and competence, fit better with the level descriptor for a given level than for other levels. This principle is applied when placing certificates and certificates for supplementary qualifications at levels 1-5 in the Qualifications Framework.

Supplementary qualifications

Supplementary qualifications are a special case in that in general they must fulfil the requirements concerning either knowledge, skills or competence at a given level. When such certificates are to be included, it is therefore a matter of finding the focal point in the learning outcome and then finding the level descriptor to which it best corresponds.

last modified Feb 05, 2013