Recognising learning for credit: Guidelines for the recognition and award of credit for learning

Recognising learning and awarding credit

To achieve a qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), a learner needs to complete a programme that enables them to achieve the requirements of the qualification, particularly the graduate profile. Outcomes are described in terms of knowledge, skills and attributes, and their application, or what the learner can “do, be and know”.

Programmes are made up of components of learning and/or assessment standards which specify the learning outcomes that together build towards achievement of the graduate profile. Some examples of components are individual courses, modules, papers or projects that a learner undertakes to complete a programme.

Recognising learning and awarding credit is undertaken by evaluating learners’ skills and knowledge in relation to the graduate or other learning outcomes of a qualification, programme, component of learning, or assessment standard that have been quality assured.


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