Qualifications Framework: an explanation or description of the
national education system that is understood at the international
level, which clarifies all qualifications and academic achievement in
higher education (post secondary) and how these qualifications are
Learning Outcome: a statement on what students should know,
understand and can do upon the completion of a period of study.
Credit: a quantitative measurement that represents the learning
volume or the academic load to achieve the respective learning
Academic Load: a quantitative measurement for all learning
activities required to achieve the learning outcomes.
Qualification Level: an award level described with generic
outcomes or a qualification descriptor which characterises typical
Profile: a specific subject or a field of study for a
qualification or features that are different in conglomeration of
qualifications of various disciplines which has a similar emphasis or
Qualification: a certificate, diploma or degree, which is
awarded by a higher education provider or any party that is authorised
to confer or to award the qualification and to affirm the earned
Qualification Descriptor: a generic statement that explains the
main learning outcomes for qualifications at a particular level.
Point of Reference: a non-prescriptive indicator that explains
the articulated links between qualifications, learning outcomes and/or
other related concepts to enable an individual to progress from one
qualification to another.
Recognition of Prior Learning: a verification process of an
individual’s achievement of a set of learning outcomes acquired
through formal, non-formal or informal learning, irrespective of time
Higher Education Provider: a body corporate, organisation or
other body of persons which conducts higher education or training
programmes including skills training programmes leading to the award
of a higher qualification or which award a higher education
qualification and includes the public or private higher education
providers, examination or certification bodies or their