Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

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The FHEQ is designed to ensure a consistent use of qualification titles across the sector. It is a framework based upon the outcomes represented by the main qualifications titles, but is not a credit framework, nor dependent on the use of credit. Along with Programme Specifications, Subject Benchmark Statements and the Code of Practice for the Assurance of Academic Quality and Standards in HE, the Framework is a key part of the Academic Infrastructure. Further details on the Framework can be found on the QAA’s website.

All students pursuing programmes of study at UCL are, on successful completion, awarded qualifications in accordance with the FHEQ. External Examiners are asked to verify this. There are five levels to the framework; three at undergraduate level and two are postgraduate:

  • 1 Certificate C level - Certificates of Higher Education
  • 2 Intermediate I level - Foundation degrees, ordinary (Bachelors) degrees, Diplomas of Higher Education and other higher diplomas
  • 3 Honours H level - Bachelors degrees with Honours, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas
  • 4 Masters M level - Masters degrees, Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas
  • 5 Doctoral D level - Doctorates.