Learning outcomes are statements of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competences (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training - Cedefop). Education and training institutions are increasingly describing their qualifications in terms of learning outcomes following the approach adopted by the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
Learning outcomes in ESCO
Learning outcome descriptions form part of the metadata of qualifications in ESCO. Member States or awarding bodies include information on learning outcomes when providing data on qualifications for the ESCO qualifications pillar.
Learning outcomes descriptions were also an input when developing the skills pillar of ESCO. Combining functional analysis of occupations with the analysis of learning outcome descriptions ensures that the skills terminology covers use cases in both, the world of employment and of education and training.