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Framework and Credit Awarding Body sub-group

The new Framework for Achievement will support systems to recognise learner achievements. It will also rationalise and simplify the system so that qualifications and other achievements are:

  • more responsive to employer and learner needs
  • inclusive of a wide range of achievements
  • clear and accessible to learners and providers
  • cost effective to use and to manage, and
  • valued by all users.

The framework will be capable of development over time to include all formally assessed achievements outside the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; which articulates with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework; with the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales; with Higher Education credit systems in England and Northern Ireland; and which facilitates credit transfer arrangements with European credit systems.

Consultation findings

QCA, LSC and SSDA launched a public consultation to explore proposals for a Framework for Achievement on 29 November 2004. The consultation, which closed on 28 February 2005, received responses from key stakeholders including awarding bodies, employers and learning providers.

QCA will make recommendations to ministers based on the consultation findings at the end of May 2005 and will take this work forward between now and early 2006. Copies of the consultation findings report can be downloaded from the menu on the right-hand side of this page.

For further information on the Framework for Achievement please contact:

A press release on the results of the public consultation is available on this website

WWW links
  • Appendix B Responding Organisations
  • Report on outcomes of stakeholder consultation - executive summary
  • Report on outcomes of stakeholder consultation
  • Framework for Achievement - stakeholder consultation document
  • Framework for Achievement leaflet
  • Framework for Achievement update
  • Principles for a credit framework for England
  • New thinking for reform
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