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  1. EQAVET

    Find information on quality assurance in European VET systems, the EQAVET Network’s agenda and activities, relevant documents and useful links http://www.eqavet.eu/gns/home.aspx ...

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  2. Descriptors defining levels in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

    Each of the 8 levels is defined by a set of descriptors indicating the learning outcomes relevant to qualifications at that level in any system of qualifications.   Knowledge Skills Responsibility and autonomy   In the context of EQF, knowledge is described as theoretical and/or factual. In the context of EQF, skills are described as cognitive (involving the use of logical, intuitive and creative thinking) and practical (involving manual dexterity and the use of methods, materials, tools and instruments). In the context of the EQF responsibility and autonomy is described as the ability of the learner to apply knowledge and skills autonomously and with responsibility Level 1 The learning outcomes relevant to Level 1 are Basic general knowledge Basic skills required to carry out simple tasks Work or study under direct supervision in a structured context Level 2 The learning outcomes relevant to Level 2 are Basic factual knowledge of a field of work or study Basic cognitive and practical skills required to use relevant information in order to carry out tasks and to solve routine problems using simple rules and tools Work or study under supervision with some autonomy Level 3 The learning outcomes relevant to Level 3 are Knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts, in a field of work or study A range of cognitive and practical skills required to accomplish tasks and solve problems by selecting and applying basic methods, tools, materials and information Take responsibility for completion of tasks ...

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  3. How does the EQF work?

    Why the EQF? The free movement of people in Europe is one of the most important goals of the EU. However, the understanding and the recognition of diplomas and certificates issued in the different national education and training systems of the 28 Member States of the EU is a challenge. For this reason, the EU developed a translation device to make national qualifications more readable in order to promote workers' and learners' mobility, facilitating their lifelong learning and occupational mobility across Europe. This is the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF). What is the EQF? The EQF helps to compare national qualifications systems and enable communication among them. The core of the EQF are eight common European reference levels, which are described in learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and responsibility and autonomy. This makes it more understandable what a learner with a qualification related to the EQF knows, understands and is able to do. This approach enables to compare all types and levels of qualifications including qualifications from higher education, vocational education and training and general education, but also qualifications awarded by the private sector and international organisations. Level 1 presents the lowest level of proficiency, level 8 the highest. In principle all possible ways of learning can lead to the learning outcomes of a particular level, including the learning taking place in non-formal and informal contexts.  The EQF initiative is close ...

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  4. Adult education

    General or vocational education (formal or non-formal) provided for any person who is no longer involved in initial education or training, for professional and/or personal purposes; includes what may be referred to as 'continuing education', recurrent education' or 'second ...

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  5. Apprenticeship

    Those forms of education and training that formally combine and alternate workplace based training (periods of practical work experience at a workplace) with school based education (periods of theoretical/practical education in an educational institution or training centre) ...

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  6. Awarding Body

    Body issuing qualifications (certificates, diplomas or titles) and formally recognising the learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and/or competences) of an individual, following an assessment and validation procedure. (Source: Cedefop, 2008) ...

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  7. Bachelor's or equivalent

    First degree programmes in higher education, often designed to provide learners with intermediate academic and/or professional knowledge, skills and competencies, leading to a first degree or equivalent qualification. Typically comprise between 180 and 240 ECTS. ...

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  8. Basic programmes

    Education designed to provide learners with fundamental skills in reading, writing and mathematics and establish a solid foundation for learning and understanding in core areas of knowledge and personal development, it focuses on learning at a basic level of complexity with little, if any, ...

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  9. Blended learning

    Study type that involves learning in a combination of modes. Often used more specifically to refer to courses which use a combination of face-to-face teaching, work-shops or seminars, and distance learning techniques on-line (such as internet, television, conference calls) ...

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  10. Competences

    "The proven ability to use knowledge, skills and personal, social and/or methodological abilities, in work or study situations and in professional and personal development. (Source: EQF Recommendation)" ...

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