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Section 1: Introduction

Published for 2022-23


1.1 Purposes1.3 Key to Abbreviations
1.2 Reference Points 

1.The University College London Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) defines the underpinning structures of all Programmes leading to taught and research Qualifications at UCL. 
2.All UCL Qualifications and Programmes of Study must be aligned with the Qualifications and Credit Framework. 
3.The QCF is a constituent part of the UCL Academic Manual which forms the basis of the contract between students and UCL. 

1.1 Purposes

1.The main purposes of the QCF are:
 i)To promote a shared and common understanding of UCL Qualifications
 ii)To promote consistency in the use of Qualifications and credit across UCL faculties and departments
 iii)To provide a reference point for setting and assessing academic standards when designing, approving, monitoring and reviewing Programmes of Study and Modules
 iv)To ensure that UCL Qualifications are of an academic standard at least consistent with the standards referred to in the UK Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
 v)To communicate to employers, schools, parents, prospective students, Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) and other stakeholders the achievements represented by the Qualifications of UCL
 iv)To inform international comparability of academic standards. 

1.2 Reference Points 

1.The Qualifications and Credit Framework is drafted with reference to the following:
 i)The UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
 ii)The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies (FHEQ)
 iii)The Higher Education Credit Framework for England: Guidance on Academic Credit Arrangements in Higher Education in England 
 iv)The Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (FQ-EHEA) 
 v)The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) under the Bologna Declaration
 vi)The QAA Degree characteristics statements, including the Doctoral Degree Characteristics, the Masters Degree Characteristics and the Foundation Degree Characteristics
 viiThe requirements of Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) associated with particular Programmes of Study, some of which grant a licence to practise.

1.3 Key to Abbreviations

Key to Abbreviations
AbbreviationMeaning

APL

Accredited Prior Learning

ECTS

European Credit Transfer System

EPL

Experiential Prior Learning

FE

Further Education

FHEQ

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies

FQ-EHEA

Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

HE

Higher Education

HEI

Higher Education Institution

PSRB

Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body

QAA

Quality Assurance Agency

QCF

Qualifications and Credit Framework

QTS

Qualified Teacher Status

RPL

The Recognition of Prior Learning

 See also Section 2: The Qualifications of UCL for Qualification abbreviations.