CALOHEE Templates: Qualifications Reference Frameworks
The Subject Area Qualifications Reference Frameworks (QRF) are meant to serve as a sound basis for defining the programme learning outcomes of individual degree programmes of the first and second cycle (Bachelor and Master). Basing the individualised sets of learning outcomes on the frameworks, will guarantee that ‘standards’, which have been agreed and validated internationally, are fully respected. It also implies full alignment with the overarching descriptors of the two European Qualifications Frameworks and, consequently, with the National Qualifications Frameworks.
Templates of the Qualifications Reference Frameworks are available in WORD for Civil Engineering, Teacher Education, History, Nursing and Physics. The 12 templates below allow you to tailor the frameworks to the needs of your own programme taking into account mission and profile of your institution. We have also uploaded empty QRF’s for the first and second cycle (level 6 and 7 of the EQF for LLL), which can be completed for other Subject Areas.
How to use these Frameworks?
The Reference Frameworks are based on a merger of the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area (QF of the EHEA) and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF for LLL). Their integration allows for combining two different philosophies and facilitates the use of the frameworks presented here in different contexts. While the QF of the EHEA covers in particular the learning process, the EQF focusses on the preparation for life in society and the world of work.
The descriptors in the Reference Frameworks are organized on the basis of ‘dimensions’. A dimension indicates a constructive key element, which defines a subject area. Each subject area is based on a multiple of dimensions. These dimensions are linked to the five strands of the QF of the EHEA. By applying the categories of the EQF for LLL each dimension involves three descriptors – knowledge, skills and autonomy and responsibility (‘wider competences’) -, which reflect a progressive level of achievement.